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Shadowlands 
and Abandoned Plates 
...are RPOs 

cool again? 



Issue 47 • April 1992 




IDE: CAD TRIO • TURBOPRINT • BEGINNERS' GUIDE • XOR 



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CONTENTS 



Whether you're a 
frustratejJSpielberg or 
a camcordeH^natic, 
John Butjerjias all the 
Amiga video answers 
starting on page 18 





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with the very 
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Curriculum crackers 

Fdur of the latest educational 

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We review the latest 

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Take a look at a program to 

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Updates 

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ASOOP stays 
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PEOPLE buying Amigas are benefiting 
from a price war which is showing no 
sign of ending. 

Most electrical chains say they win 
continue selling (he Cartoon Classics 
bundle a| Christmas prices - mainly 
£369. 

High Street plants have generally 
solid Amigas at the manufacturer's 
recommended retail price of £399, 
but in a recession-heating move price 
lags were cut in the run up to 
Christmas. 

Experts believe that small, inde- 
pendent dealers trying to compete 
with She chains are to thank for 



By John Butters 

cheaper Amiga*., A I least one store 
advertises a policy of matching local 
pricing, and to be Competitive others 
are forced to follow. 

"Basically we're seeing a price 
war," said a Etumbelows official. "If 
anything, prices will drop even fur- 
ther, perhaps to £330," he predicted. 

Commodore spokesman Andrew 
Ball said: "We have an BW of £395 
hut i hat's not mandatory. 

"At the end of the day the High 
Street will sell at the price they want 




Price war h Irmllrtu t» ihruprr Amlxu.i 

to - It's relatively out of our hands. 
They're selling a lot of Amiga* and 
that makes us happy," he added, 

Bui the fiml'S sales director Kelly 
Sumner recently predicted that High 
Street Cartoon Classics prices will 
return to £399. 

He said that people buying com- 
puters at this time of year are com- 



mitted buyers and are not swayed by 
the odd £20 or £30 discounting. 

Meanwhile, there has been specu- 
lation in trade newspaper Computer 
Trade Weekly that once Commodore 
release their sub-£300 A 300 they 
could repackage the ASOOP to take 
the emphasis away from games as 
consoles steal the market. 



CD to grow with drive I 



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THK imminent release of the Amiga CD-ROM drive, now 
called the A3 70, is encouraging major software houses to 
back Commodore's CDTV technology hy releasing dual! for- 
mat An i i^.i si i ft wane. 

"We expeel (he introduction of the Amiga CD-ROM 
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creating a market for CDTV that publishers cannot afford to 



68020 to lie 
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RUMOURS from iht United States suggest that 
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i csio* i hip for all mid-range \mtgas during the next 
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lanuar) \wl's issue ol Auriga ( maputtng. 



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"We already have backing from major software houses 
and we expect others to follow suit." 

One such firm is Psygnosis, publisher of last year's leisure 
hit Lemmings. Boss Jonathan Ellis explained lhal using the 
same technology to develop for both the Amiga and CDTV 
is a cosl-effectlve method of producing software for two fat- 
iij:l;i. 

"We will be releasing some of our major titles on CDTV 
this year/ he added. 

Commodore are rumoured to be launching the drive in 
March and the company they aim to sell it for £299. 




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RECESSION has led to Commodore axing 
ten jobs at their Maidenhead-based head- 
quarters, despite the computer giant 
expecting turnover to increase by 40 pet 
in'i i his war to f. 100 million. 

Many departments have been afh 
by the 1 redundancies, including « 
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tion. 

lite company say the cost-cutting 
Is simply good management as the 
length oT the reces- 
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hardware have released an arcade 
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Charities. 

HitgWaf -an okMasMoncd shoot- 
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through bulletin boards and publk 
domain libraries, the program was 
written b) «DG employee I m 

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rht opening credits give tin 
addresses lor American Red Cross 
Mnerican Cancer Society and 
Muscular Dystrophy fcioclation, to 
which they ask ■ «*intary donation 
of $1(1 be sent. 

Commented ASlKi inwk'iii Petty 
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broadcast limit opera- 
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The roll operator 
ipeeds up the creation 
nf video transitions 
such as pushes slides and reveals. 

tight new dithering methods have 
been added to the program's 
Prefpilntei saver which prints pic- 
tures with 24-bit plane colour or B-bit 




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plane sreyscale. Upgrades from ear ier 
versions are available for between SW 
and 1145. In the UK eall SIU« 
Systems on 081-309 111 I. 



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products. 

The o#ganise* is claiming that Hk 
itmigii Shopping Centre will alter one 
nl the greatest selections ol Amiga 
products ever seen under one rook 

■■ u the tatiga ~" now recognised as 
the number one home computer, we 
realised there was a need to create an 
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event difectoi 

To be organised by Ncnbcin Ml 
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Vm LDSIC 3 joystick range is hi be 
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-There are now five joysticks in 
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company boss Ashvin P*teL 

"The Sting Bay and Manta ray 
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5E1K0SHA have replaced tht-ir entry-level nine-pin dot 
matrix printer wllh an improved model which is tar- 
geted at home users, education and small business mar- 
kets. 

Tlie SP19O0 Plus has serif anil sans serif fonts built in 
and there Is a choice of typcstyles and slzes. 

l.pson and IBM Froprinter 1 1 -compatible, it is capable 
of printing at 192 characters per second In fast modc r 
IftOcps in draft and 40eps in teller quality . 

" >* iiie pin tales still represent a large percentage of 
the dut matrix market," said Seikosha's sales manager 
liarclh Cornish. 

"The ST 1 900 Pius is a key model in our entry-level 
range and users mil be attracted by its superb value M 
will have a substantial impact on the low-end printer 
market." 

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Professional 
Page turns 
automatic 

DESKTOP publishing package 
Professional Page has been upgraded 

to give It new features and enhance- 
ments, to make its use easier, devel- 
oper Gold Disk (0)0 1 416 602 4000) 
have announced. 

More than 30 automatic functions 
called denies have been added and. 
users can create page layouts and 
designs by selecting Create Page 
Krom Genie. 

Requesters enable layout type, 
page size, columns and margins to be 
selected, and features including line 
drawing and placement, address 
printing and test Importing are also 
available. Professional Page 'A then 
generates a complete page based on 
the user's wishes. 

Common operations such as enve- 
lope addressing, mail merge from a 
database and grid and table creation 
can be automated while drop and 
small caps and sub- and super-scripts 
can also be made automatic. 

"Version 3 represents a ma|or 
breakthrough in the evolution of 
desktop publishing," enthuses Gold 
Disk boss Kailash AmbsvanL 

"Most of the routine tasks associ- 
ated with page layout are now com- 
pletely automatic, freeing the 
designer to concentrate on the tre- 
at ive aspects of his work." 

Needing at least two megabytes of 
memory and a hard disk drive, the 
program costs S295- in ihe UK cail 
HH Marketing on 0753 636000. who 
did not have British pricing, available 
at the time of Ami$i Computing going 
lo press. 



Video card first from link 

111! FIRST product to be produced under a new link between 
(alilornian Centaur Developrnefll and lustralia-bascd 0|>al Technology 
is an Imiga 24-hil video dlspla; and effects card 

Iminul or external versions of OpalVtsion are available and both 
provide tnx 24-bl( broadcast quality video capabilities for all Amigas. 

With 1.5 megabytes it! display me man and an nn-board graphics pro- 
cessor, il can be expanded through additional hardware modules. 

Iheve include a combination 256-tevel alpha channel genlock and 
frame grabber and a de interlace! - , Inputs and outputs Lire given In KwK 
and S\ J- IV composite formats with real lime special effects such as white 
balance, contrail and gamma correction, sularisatfon, negative and 
coioitrisatlon eff« is. 

i ipalvision can he operated in multiple resolutions, auto-con figures lo 
I' \\ in \ I si and can make 24-hil double-buffered animations. 

Software bundled with OpalVJslon consists oJ CJpalFalnt, a full-fea- 
tured, real lime, 24-hil painting and image processing program, a variety 
of utility software .ind Ihe firsl 24-hil game. 

Il will be available ln»m the end <»i Mac lor S995. f en law- Software 
can be contacted on 010 l :tin SAZizit*. 



Dial-a-gatne from Deltronics 

GAMES players nationwide can now get hold of the latest releases within a day 
ei placing their telephone order with a South London-based company. 

Customers have iheir name and address taken over the phone and only pay 
for the software once it has arrived at the door. All 16-bit formats including the 
Amiga are supported and prices are claimed to be slightly below recommended 

ri'l.nl. 

L^ehronics can be called on 081-769 9563 and they have opened a shop at 215 
Amesburv Avenue, Stieatham, London SW16. 



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Changing names 

MARSTrX manufacturers of Amiga scanners, have recently changed their name 

to Mustek. The company continues to operate from 494 Midsummer Boulevard, 
Central Milton Kevnes MK9 2EA. 



Do you know something we don't? 

Although Amiga Computing h^5 scores of contacts in the Amiga world, 
n i need you. If you have some hot news ring John flutters on the news 
desk now on 062 S H7K8H8 or fax to 0625 879966. All information sup- 
plied will be treated in the strictest of confidence, 






Df Aft Y DATES 

? to 10 April 1992 
Which Computer? Show 
Organiser: Reed 
(081-948 9800) 

Natioital Exitibition Centre, Birmingham 
One of the country's top shows, but 
heavily biased towards the PC. 

12 to 14 April 1492 

Enropt'nrt Computer Trade Show 
Organiser ftientieirti Online 
(081-7422828) 

Vemte: Business Desigrt Centre, London 
A trade-only show where many of the 
year's releases can be previewed. 

28 to J I May 1992 

Spring Computer Shopper Show 

Organiser: Blenheim PEL 

(081-7422828) 
Vame: Qfymput, bottdw 

An area called Amiga Shopping Centre 
will be devoted to the machine. 

10 to 1 2 July 1992 

6th International 16-bit Computer Show 
(081-5493444} 

Venue: Wembley Exhibition Halb, Umdm 
The second show of the year, for an 
event that's getting more and more sup- 
port from the industry. 

6 to H September 1992 

European Computer Trade Show Autumn 

it^im-u Design Centre 

Koyal Agricultural Hall. London 

A new trade-only event for the computer 

leisure Industry. 

OVERSEAS 

11 to 18 March 1992 
CeBii 

Organiser; Deutsche Sitae AG 
(01049511 890) 

Venue: Hannover h/iessegtlaendt, Germany 
Always a launching ground for new 
hardware. 

3 to 5 April 1992 

Antiga Sttlin 

Organiser: AMI Stmws Europe 

(010498092 24086) 

Verne: AMKBertin 

The first German Amiga show of the 

year. Two giant halls will be packed with 

the latest products., 

2K to 31 May 1992 

COHSWH& Electronics Show 

Organiser HG/CEG 

Venue: Chicago 

The show opens for the first time for the 

public on May 30, 1992. 

• If your company is organising * show 
relevant to the Amiga and it's not listed. 
Jet us know so we can include the infor- 
mation in the diary. 



Amiga <«mpvH*$ April \ 99? 




USA Hews 




By Denny Atkin 



Commodore 
price boost 



\ \1 || | i u inter has it suited il« 

Spring fever hitting a little early 
here in die States, and the remits 
ire really shewing at 
t on»t»odore's headquarters in 
West < herief, Pennsylvania- 

While other computet manufac- 
turer! art cutting prices and 
upgrading hardware in an effort to 
IkhivI stagnant sales (luring! these 

recessionary times, the Spring- 
fCver-dizzy Commodore OS mar- 
keting S m|1 P haw* iki ided to take 
the opposite approach. 

I hey/ve boosted the price ot the 

single floppy Amiga 2tHH> l(> over 
12000, mare than double its holi- 
day pricing at 1999. \ml while 
topic have announced that, ramt 
April, all Macs will have at least :i 
68031) chip, i ommndorc L S refuse 
to even bring the slightly 
enhanced Amiga 500 Plus to 
American show. 

Meanwhile, the company con- 
tiiiiu^ In roll nut (HIV a city at :i 
time, and it's said ihai far fcuer 
ilii.ui 11P.4XM1 ( HIV units have heen 
sold across the United States. 
Unless Commodore seriously 
rethink their marketing strategy, 
the Arnica may lose what link 1 
hint I mUl il lias, in the US 



Power hungry 



IF YOU have added Commodore's 
A2630 25MHz 68030 expander to 
your Amiga 1S00 01 2000 and still 
feel you don't have enough power, 
DKB Software a re ready to help. 

The company'* new 2632 hoard 
plugs into the unused expansion slot 
on the A26SOand enable* up to 1 12 
megabytes of 12-Mt memory to be 
added. 

I liu board comes with 4Mb and 
L.in accept industry-standard 35-bit 
SIMM modules for further expan- 
sion. The board fetalis for (699,95 
from DKB Software, 50240 W. 
Ponttac Tr. r Wixum, Ml 48393 USA; 
(3 1 :t) 960-8750. 



Black Belt goes soft 



IUS1 a* Digital Include Image scaling, file h convers* 

loading and saving, 24-hli touch-up painting, a 
pending downs cd special visual effts 
iheii market in 
shipping their 
First i« IV 



units to 

RnmpCi rival 

Belt 

S y s I e »i i 
ad discontinued i lurtion oJ 



1 1 ii ii ii \M I graphics enhancer. 

Mack Hell's Ben Win i dkln'l give a real dis- 

Inulng the unit, saying thai explaining his reasons 
would violate a uon-dlsclosure agreement he'd signed 



,miio;m 



illhi' II V\l i 

uli Williams 
said was still a 
strong seller, i» 
anticipation of 
graphics 
i i ppmeni i 
I mm < ornmodoR 
which would 
obsolete the unit. 
Ksgji With 
nory, Black BeH lias devoted ItscU purely to 
software development. Che company's flagship suit ware 
package, ImageMaater, was recently upgraded to sap- 
port Terminator 2-style morphing. 

Unlike IHIuxef'aint IV's morphing [ntageMBSl 
works in lull J4 im n subitum. aQowing truly Impte* 
sive effects., such as smoothly changing a irog Into ■ 
human face over a series ol animation frames. 

Morphing Is hrst the newest effect In the ImageMastet 
iuu kage I he $199.95 package's other capabilities 




you have it, yoo'U WondH ho* ■• ■ did without it, 

\ book is just iii.il - ^t onscreen notebook. Anything 

yen would normally do with a desk-based notepad, you 
in ds with NoteBook and yon won't lose important 
pane". 

the program supports multiple fonts mid has a suite 
of structured drawing toots, so you ran even doodle In 
the margin] as you |nl down your fO Do list, 

I hi' program's feature tnclodi i texi highlighter, Hi 
graphics Import the ahiliu to prim single pages or a 
inn notebook, and iin ability to konise the program 

yoilf Unikbi'iRll 

Th* only caveat \\ that il nun in hi res interlace, so 
mhi II need a flicker-eliminator or a cool pair ol ion 
giassi i to work with it comfortably. Bargain priced ai 
339.95 the program is available from tslack Belt. 398 
[ohnson Road, C4iasgow, Montana, USA. Telephone: 
>7-5511, 



Better bridges 



a software enhancement package foi < ommodore's 
Btidgcboard and Sidecar prodiH ts. 

Hie program allows Vmlga tiop|iy drives to be used 
■j MS DOS drives, and il lets von access data on MS DOS 
hard drive partitions from the Amiga vide, 

tatbassadw also includesa new driver thai consider- 
ahlv speeds access to MS-DOS virtual partitions on 
Amiga hard drives, the program costs S79.95, plus 
S10.0S overseas shipping and handling. 

Msn new Is <• opssIH . a software-based PC-X1 emula- 
tor ihai will be bundled with the coming I rossDOS 5.0 



pahility: serial, parallel, and mouse pon emulation: 
and the ability to boot from an MS-DOS partition on ao 
Vrnlga hard drive. 

I he updated t mssDOS S.fl adds support tor ihc read- 
ing 1 44Mb MS l>t>s disks using the new high-density 
floppy drives t ommodore ts now ^lippinjt on Amiga 
UJOOs and SflOOTs in the US, as well as Improved sup- 
port utilities and a new Workbench 2.0-style Interf* t 

( rossDOS S.O I'lus vsith ( rossPC retails for \$'K 1 ^ 
phis s in, OS overseas shipping and handling from 
t onsuifRHi 11280 Parkview, Plymoulh, \fi 48170, I SA; 
Ml II 459-7271 



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Some things are worf/i 

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HiSoft Devpac 3 



Devpac Version 3 is here at last. The two earlier versions uf HiSoft Devpac for the 
Amiga set fi standard in h8i»P assembly language programming which was hard to 
surpass, but we think rhat we've done it. This new pai-ka^e has had a compli'io face- 
lift, from the editor through to the debugger; in fact so many features have been 
added and improve fe I confident Ln tin- dalm that Devpwc 3 is the ultimate 

ntilv language development system on the Amiga .,. (or now! 

Th« Editor 

Anew multi-window editor with 
bookmarks, tnoi marking, 

macros, complete window flexibility 

i : m liuiin^ i:i'.ii!i- . i>. wjon one file), 
e^deftsive user configuration and hill 
integration with the other Devpac 
programs, The editor makes used 
VWirkbench. 2 or 1 .3 automatically. 

The Assembler 

unproved and extended the Devpac J 
assembler is now at least 40Vt faster than 
its predecessor (without pre-asKmbh/),, 
supports the hill 680x0 range of proces- 
sors including the maths co-processors 
<ind has a tremendous number of 
switchable optimisations. Wi* the 
ability to pre-assemble files for inclusion, 
it can now datai to be the (aetesl 
;'bJer on the Amiga. 





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The Debugger 

Devpac 3 is provided with a vs?rsahlt' 
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eas< i'l learning. You can have as many views 
on your program as you like, including its 
source code; then set breakpoint?,, sin^L- >up 
instructioiis etc, even at a source code level 
Again, tlit- re is support for all the new 
processors and the floating point chips, 

Deiyac 3 comes complete with all the neassaty 

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HiSoft using Access/ 'Mastercard. Visa, UK 
debit card (Switch etc.) or a cheque/postal 
order. Mention thib :ohen ordering 

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At last, a new Pascal compiler for your Amiga.: Highspeed Pascal, Compiling at close to 
20 000 lines per minute on a humble A50D and with a fully integrated environment 
(based on the new HiSoft multi-window editor)., Highspeed Pascal is the answer to 

your programming pravt-rs. 

The compiler is very clos? to trw standard set by Turbo Pascal 5 on the PC and enables 
vou to port programs directly from the PC or ST - even the BGI unit is provided for 

graphic compatibility. You can compile separate units, link with assembler or use the 
inline assembler provided and we also supply a special version of our fiSOxO Jtbuftgn/T 
which allow* you to debu^ Pascal programs at a source code level. 

The full Pascal language is supported including such worthy additions as structured 
constants, flexible string handling and absolute variables. 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Highspeed Pascal comes complete with 

ail tht necessary files for working with 

the Amiga's operating system, a htni of 

examples unit a professional ', ring-bound 

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The Amiga was the first home com- 
puler designed to interface 
direclly 'with television and video 
technology and it remains unique in this 
respect. 

When you buy an ASOO, you immedi- 
ately have a basic videographic studio to 



cate its graphic information with great 
ease, No other personal computer inter- 



play with and, with car* and planning, «' race* as simply and effectively without i 
impressive results can be achieved. Its gneat deal of expeosw add-ons. 



capacity for expansion will ensure that you 
can develop and enhance your graphic sys- 
tem all the way up Lo broadcast standards. 
The Mac and PC producers have lately 
begun to appreciate the potential of desk- 
top video and their formidable resources 
will, no doubt, come to challenge the 
Amiga, especially at#ie high end of the 
market. 

However, at the middle to entry levels 
of this martiet, I am confident that the 
Amiga will: reign supreme for some years to 
come. In this article I intend to answer the 
questions - why, which, what and how? 

Firstly., why is the Amiga family so well 
suited to work in the video field? Secondly, 
which video standards and lormats are 
available lo you? And thirdly, what is 
required to make the most erf its capability 
at different levels? 

Strengths 

Finally, HI offer a few tips on how to 
produce the most effective video work 
from your setup. These will hold true 
whether you're recording on a knackered 
VHS you bought down the boozer or slum- 
ming il in a plush digital editing suite. 

The Amiga's video strengths are due to 
five main factors. These are, in no particu- 
lar order, timing, output, custom chips, 
operating system, and last - but by no 
means (east - the software and hardware 
available for it. these components com- 
bine to provide the power and interactivity 
so essential for work in video, 

Timing, as anyone from Nigel Benn to 
Paul Daniels will tell you, is all important. 
The Amiga's original creators were wise 
enough to get its timing right from the 
word go. The overall liming of the 
machine is designed to complem^ft the 
liming principles of the video and televi- 
sion standards you are using. 

This allows you to work in a broadcast 
environment as the Amiga can communi- 



Amiga Computing April \992 



Video technology is heavily dependent 
on sync pulse timing to co-ordinate the 
various processes il employs. Without this 
reference it would be impossible to syn- 
chronise effects, inputs, sound and the 
other machines that are sd vital to video 
production today. The fact that the Amiga 
tan come to terms with this through its 
own timing mates it a winner. 

Though (he Amiga outputs RGB to your 
monitor, and this is the basis of all televi- 
sual colour systems, no video deck will 
look twice at this. This is because it 
will need encoding of some 
kind. 

The most basic encod- 
ing is provided by the RF 
modulator which will 
produce a fairly skinny 
image output for you to 
record. The real advan- 
tage of the Amiga's 
output is the range of 
resolutions, colours and 
the interlace option. 

The latter is the most impor- 
tant, as. all video pictures are made 
up of two interlaced fields. These consist 
of two sets rrf Hnes, one odd numbered 



the other even, flickering away 50 times a 
second. The fields subsequently combine 
lo produce frames at the rate of 25 a sec- 
.:.n:d. So, when you curse the rnigraine- 
Eg properties of some Amiga screen 
modes, remember they are one of the 
things, that set it apart. 

Paula, Agnus, Denise and Gary all work 
pretty hard together to provide you with a 
basic multimedia platform. They take the 
weight off Ihe CPU allowing it to concen- 
trate on computing and organisational 
tasks. 

One of the machine's unheralded 
strengths is, without doubt, its operating 
system. Workbench 1 . J & 5.0s' multitask- 
ing capabilities are something I would be 
loathe to do without The ability to shuffle 
between different programs is essential 
when co-ordinating and refining amms, 
text and sound in the way that video pro- 
duction, at any level, requires. 

The occasional crash is well worth the 
cost if you're avoiding the waste of time, 
energy and enthusiasm that would arise 
from repeatedly quilling and restarting 
programs. Much and made of the gum's 



visits by the Amiga's detractors but if you 
are sensible, le don't multitask with games 
or dodgy PD, then you are soon likely to 
forget what a guru looks like, 

Finally in Ihis round up of the Amiga's 
attractions for videographers, all our hats 
must be doffed to the people who produce 
the myriad range of quality software and 
hardware for the Amiga range. Titling ani- 
mation and paint packages are available 
that can work with video at any level and 
cost. 

Third-party hardware is appearing whkh 
allows the Amiga to compete with the 
speed and capacity of dedicated video sys- 
tems. If you can't find something to your 
requirements in this range, I can only think 
mat you are not looking hard enough. 

Before I proceed to to Ihe "what" sec- 
tion, I'll give a brief summary of the main, 
television standards and video formats that 
you are likely to come across. 

The two main television standards are 
PAL and NT5C- MTSC is used in the 
American continent and PAL jusl about 
everywhere else, The difference hetween 
them, simplistkally, reduces to rate and res- 




VideofZ: 



NTSC okj * frame rate of 30 per 
mond whfc PAL gen through 25 in the 
same erne, 

PAL kik« with i greater number of 
"fcw*. <e higher mcriutKin - a vwhopping 
■0 STSC'i wiilj' 4g0 of io Most 
wnlui *«l be an of the deference from 
th* appear inc^Kgnencan software 
CTW -HiBitJl' :. -always 

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: make little odds 
t most software, [hey 
3 deal when working 
4« that any soft- 
'•-iidtouse liPAL- 
Qtherwne you are unlikely to 
i for your money. I 
i dual standard is a nfre* unfortu- 
one lor the European user as 
mfd-party producers have been 
KratiJy more acuve in exploiting the 
graph* potential of the Amiga than the 
Europeans, This would not be such a prob- 
lem 1 the conversion from an NTSC to PAL 
configuration was not so demanding. 
The Video Toaster is the classic example 



of this - it squeezes so much out of its cus- 
tom chips thai there just isn't enough 
headroom left to mate it work to the 
higher PAL specifications. Fortunately, 
most ol these manufacturers are well aware 
of the potential of the PAL market and are 
planning products with this capability in 
mind. 

Within these two television standards lie 
a myriad or recording Formats so next up 
I'll run through the main ones you are 
likely to encounter. 

f" v Adopted 

Unless you were adopted and raised by 
a wolf-pack somewhere In an eastern 
European forest, you will have come across 
the Video Home System. VHS became the 
standard lor domestic players back in the 
early 80s and its faults and strengths are 
common knowledge. 

As far as the Amiga goes it is easily 
accessible and cheap to use but unfortu- 
nately it tends to look it. Editing ts possible 
but unreliable, as crash cutting tends to 
make as much video noise as Its name sug- 
gests, and the transport controls are not 




Your Amiga is ideally suited to video 

graphics. Here John Butler guides you from 

tentative titling to vivavious video visuals! 




really up to taking advantage 
of the edilofs available. 

However, as a low cost 
way of experimenting and 
learning, it is hard to beat. 
Remember, the same dos and 
don'ts you work out at this 
level will stand you in good 
stead all the way to 5P level. 

5-VH& arid Hl-8 are the 
next step up and they repre- 
sent a considerable improvement in quality. 
Colours are orbper and cleaner due to the 
the tact that these are pseudo-component 
systems. Their disadvantages lie in the fact 
that they cannot be played back on normal 
domestic systems so transfer requires dub- 
bing and consequent loss of quality. 

Frame accurate recording and timecode 
are Options On the higher range models as 
well as decent editing controlling facilities, 
but as yet, these are still fairly expensive. 

U-MAT1C or HI-BAND decks are largely 
being superceded in the community and 
small commercial suites by 5-VH5 and Hl-8. 
Their only conceivable advantage is a 
slightly more robust three-quarter inch tape 
medium which might well be nione suited 



to the demands of multiple pass recording, 
but this is offset by the expense of the PAL 
encoders required for these machines to 
accept the Amiga's output 

BETACAM SP (or its equivalent Mil) is 
now the base level professional format It is 
a true component system with a robust 
tape medium run on decks engineered to 
shuttle back and forth for editing day in, 
and day Out. It has become the lingua 
franca of the video world and, due largely 
to its combination of convenience and 
quality, looks set to remain so for several 
years yet. 

A device called a transcoder will be 
required to convert Amiga device RGB for 




The secrets of those stunning video productions 



ts 'ri tips on how to make your 
ideographic productions look smashin'. These will hold 
true mi just about any format or way of working. 

The key to any successful production will be planning 
around your resources. Work out what you want to 
ji hieve and the simplest way of doing it. Something done 

» simply and well will always look better than a more ambi- 

tious but ill-executed work. 

Your Amiga can run material in real time, so take advarv 
tage of this by organising as much as possible within it. 
Remember that as soon as it teaves the computer, quality 
starts going too. Presentation and authoring packages such 
as Showmaker and Elan Performer can help arrancfe the 
disparate elements ol your production ready for a single 
clean recording pass to yield the best results. 

Palette - When preparing graphics for video, afways steer 
clear of "pure"' colours - pure red, green, and blue. These 
are termed "illegal colours", because they tend to smear or 
"bleed" on tape. Any subsequent transfers down genera- 



tions will only exacerbate these Effects, In general, choose a 
more restrained palette and avoid highly contrasting 
colours - you'll end up with cleaner and more effective 
results. 

Text - Always go for large, chunky fonts, Intricate and 
spindly fonts tend to flicker and do not go easy on the eye. 
Take care with embellishments such as drop shadows, and 
check their appearance on tape - they can all too easily end 
up obscuring rather than enhancing your work, 

Interlace - A TV picture is made up of two interlacing 

fields, so for this reason always use an interlace setting 
when constructing graphics - it will alert you to flickering 
effects from pixel-thick lines and badly contrasting colours. 
Flicker fixers are a waste of time in this game, as they usu- 
ally interfere with genlocks anyway. If it looks bad on your 
monitor, ten to one it'll took worse on tape! 

Blacking up - In professional use, all lape is recorded with 



black and stnped with timecode before use. Even when 
you are using VHS it's a good idea to record a black 
screen tq tape before use. This will have the effect of min- 
imising tape noise between recorded sections. 

Dropout - To avoid those embarrassing white flecks that 
can occur with any format, try to refrain from pausing, 
tm forward and rewinding in preview mode, as these are 
usually the culprits. The lower end mediums are the most 
vulnerable. 

Framing - Try to remember that you are bound to Ihe 
shape and dimensions of the format of television and 
work accordingly to extract maximum impact Avoid 
fussy screens and take care to work In "safe* areas » that 
the beginning and end of your screens don't end up 
somewhere down the side of Ihe television set. 

Monitors, tape and sets all seem to have very different 
kdeas about screen sizes so play it smart and check it on 
tape before you commit yourself. 



Amiga Computing April 1992 



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What you it need 




One or two WHS decks 


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Rotgen 300 genlock 


£120 


Deluxe Paint IV 


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Big alternative scroller 


£40 



Mid -range setup 



Rocgen 


£200 


DOV 


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DPairit4 


£80 


Imagine 3D 


£200 


Broadcast Titler 2 


£160 


Panasonic ss90 S-VHS 


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£1000 



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GVP frame buffer bundle £1,700 

Software as above. Other options; 
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TVPaint £900 

5P Edit deck £1 0,000 Jp 

TransCoder £500 

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recording. Anyone considering working 
with digital or one inch machines will not 
need me to ponder (heir pros and cons - 
suffice to say that if you have reached this 
stage using your Amiga, you must certainly 
know what you are doing. All these for- 
mats have their good points, but generally 
cost and quality go hand in hand. 

The standard Amiga bundle comes as a 
complete, albeit limited, video- 
graphic Studio. In your box 
you will find your Amiga, a 
graphics package such as 
DPaint, and a handsome modulator, To 
begin experimenting connect this little lot 
together and plug the output a* due mod- 
ulator to your VH5 deck. Set up a colour 
cycle or anim loop in the paint software 
and attempt to record it 

Discrepancy 

Replaying the results will enlighten you 
to the first lesson in Amiga video - what 
you see on your monitor is not what you 
get on tape: TTiis discrepancy is due to the 
fact that the RF-encoded signal from the 
modulator is too weak and unstable lor (he 
the deck bo record it properly, hence the 
Bickering and dull, smeary colours. It this is 
as far as you wish to take your system, best 
forget about tape and play work straight 
from the computer. 

To create a simple video setup, I would 
recommend the purchase of a genlock, a 
titter and access to a second VTR. The gen- 
lock will not only provide a stronger signal, 




it wilt allow you to mix in 
source material from one 
machine with Amiga- 
generated graphics to 
record onto the second 
deck- 
Thus, you can spice 
up your old videos with, 
your own smart titles and 
graphics. If you only wish 
to record Amiga graphics 
then you can use the sec- 
ond VTR to generate a 
stable signal for your out- 
put, 

I recently saw i 
local cable station using a 
similar setup to generate 
a teletext service with a 
rotating logo in the cor- 
ner, and very effective it 
looked too, A genlock 
allows you to begin to 
explore the bask pro- 
cesses Of image layering 
that are the foundation 
of television and video- 
graphics, 

More than any- 
thing else - resolutions, 
screen size etc - the 
number oF colours you 
are aWe to put onscreen 
will determine how pro- 
fessional your productions look. 
Broadcasting uses 24-bit planes to provide 
up to 1 6 million colours, which is approxi- 
mately the maximum an eyeball can distin- 
guish. 

The basic Amiga can pump out 4,096 

[in its own peculiar fashion) which is nice 

enough tor a computer, but a little light for 

even semi-pro work. A good halfway house 

between what the Amiga offers and the 

professional needs is 

provided by pseudo- 

W" ,' frame buffers such as 

- ..^ HAM-tandDCTV, 

Getting serious 
involves bypassing Amiga output and get- 
ting a frame buffer, access to frame-accu- 
rate recording and the best 
genlock/encoder combination you can 
afford. In order to integrate this with other 
editing and production facilities, you will 
probably have to start considering sync 
pulse generators and timebase correctors, 
and Iheir place in your world. 

A year ago there weren't any frame 
buffers available for the Amiga but now the 
potential videographer can hardly move for 
them, I cannot recommend any particular 
one - you're best off looking around and 
picking the one that suits you best. 

Things to watch out for are software 
support and extras such as frame grabbing 
capabilities, Frame-accurate recording is 
necessary at this level as none of these 
devices can pump out video in real time 
yet (some vapour-ware promises this, but 
you can be sure it won't be cheap and it 




won't be soon). The demands of single 
frame recording are likely to leave S-VHS 
tape as ragged as a tramp's underpants. 
This format is best suited to frame-accurate 
editing and, I suspect, the medium is too 
Fragile to withstand 250 recording passes 
over a ten second stretch ol tape. 

This level really requires Betacam SP, and 
this is where you will begin to realise what a 
cost effective system the Amiga can help 
provide. 

Speed and memory make life Sweeter at 
any level, but from DCTV up< you are going 
to have to seriously consider upgrading 
your system. 1500/2000/3000 models are 
easier to upgrade, so rf you're thinking of 
purchasing an Amiga specifically for video- 
graphic use then go lor one of these. The 
AS00, however, is increasingly well served 
for peripherals so it's still » good buy for 
non-frame buffer work, 

A package like TV Paint will need 16Mb 



Imaqine J] jtiil 
oar of the 
tuvrwh 
package! 

available to 
ttm Amiga 
ntdtugraphfrt 

of 32-bit RAM to tut and resize a 740 x 

576 picture, and this is the kind of thing 
you will be repeatedly asked to do with this 
kind of package. 

That's just about all I'm going to say 
about setups, as I'm loathe to recommend 
particular pieces - what suits me is unlikely 
to suit another. Always remember that 
software and hardware are needed to 
make a system work so budget seriously 
for both when you are planning. 

The great thing about graphic hardware 
and software is that you can see what 
you're getting, so start finding out what 
combinations will suit you best. 

I hope you have benefited from this arti- 
cle and it leads at least some of you to 
begin experimenting with the video capa- 
bilities of the Amiga. There has never been 
a persona! computer like it, and I'm sure 
it's closer than any other to the m 1 ' 
ones we'll see in the future. 



Glossary 



Phase Alternate Line system. The European broadcast standard. 



Genlcxk 



Generation 



National Television Standards Committee. The American standard, 
sometimes cruelly interpreted as Never Twice Same Colour! 

A device for mixing video sources by synchronising them. Capable of 
masks, wipes and fades. 

This refers to the number ol times that a recorded section has been 
transferred i>etween tapes, Thus something recorded straight from the 
computer is "first generation" but it may to be fooped up by recording 
to another VTR SO it will go down a genet alion. Up to digital level the 
generation game is one where everyone loses in terms of quality. 



Time Base Corrector, This expensive tittle bo* tries to cope with the 
differences that arise between the icy precision of digital sync and the 
wayward wow and flutter of tape and transport engineering. 



Luminance (brightness) and chrominance (colour). These are the bask 
components of the signal in S-VHS systems. 



I 



Timi'imli- 



Combining source material from two VTRs to produce a seamless 
single edit- 

This is a synchronisation code recorded onto tape in professional 
systems - and <5 also known as SMPTE. It provides a reference for 
frames-accurate sync whatever machine the tape is played back on. 



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Gremlin Graphics - 
£25.99 

Recommended fur ages 4 to 6 

Those leathery - but very friendly - chil- 
dren's cartoon characters, The Shoe People, 
have brought some genuine fun to the 
younger children's National Curriculum in 
this excellent double disk package on 
Gremlin's brand new First Class label. 

Many stilts essential far early success at 
school are exercised, including memory, 
recognition of shapes, colours and patterns, 
and knowledge of the alphabet, numbers 
and words. 

There are three activities on each disk, all 
aimed at. the lour to sii age group. Each 
has various levels of difficulty. Those on Dak 
One are Trampy visits his Friends, Sgt Major 
Sorts It Out, and 
Margot's Magic 

Colouring Book, while 
Disk Two offers The 
Great Alphabet 

Robbery, Wellington 
Goes to the Park and 
ChanVs iig Day. 



Trampy visits his Friends features friendly 
vagrant Trampy, who has a remarkable 
number of friends in Shoe Town. The trou- 
ble is, he only gets to see them at the end of 
his eventful journey if the young student is 
good at matching objects and finding or 
spelling the correct words.. 

It starts with the simple 
matching of objects 
encountered by Trampy 
as he tramps his way 
towards a meeting with 
Sergeant Major, and 
progresses to typing in 
the names of objects 
with no help from the computer as Trampy 
heads for a chin-wag with the Marshall , 

Sgt. Major Sorts It Out stars Baby 
Bootee, who has brought chaos to Sergeant 
Major's store by knocking everything off the 
shelves. Now he has to put things back in 
the right places. 

TTiere are two levels. Easy and Hand., with 
Easy, each shelf already has the first object 
on it. In Hard, the shelves hart to be allo- 




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cated by the child, 

Baby Bootee automatically points to the 
object tie wants placing on a shelf. Pressing 
the spacebar makes Sgt Major's baton point 
at each shelf in turn. When the correct shelf 
is indicated, the young student hits- the 
Return key.. 

Margot's Magic Colouring Book is a 
very basic paint program operated by key- 
board or mouse, though I'm sure young 
children will find it very exciting as they fill 
shapes in one of five ready-drawn pictures 
with colours, Dr create their own drawing*; 
from scratch, Pictures can be saved to disk 
and printed, 

The Great Alphabet Robbery is one tor 
PC Bootl That shifty soletf) Sneaker is trying 
to escape after stealing the letters of the 
alphabet, The aim of this exercise is for the 
child to recognise 
words and letters 
so far encoun- 
tered In other 
Shoe People 
activities. 

Wellington Goes 

to the Park offers five choices for the basis 
of the game - blocks, more blocks, .single 
dice, double dice and numbers. A dice or 
numbers appear on one side of a see-saw. 

If the child recognises the number on the 
dice, or adds numbers together correctly, 
the see-saw creaks into the perfectly bal- 
anced position and Wellington jumps up 
and down in a puddle, covering himself 
with mud. If the answers are incorrect, a 
cloud appears and rinses Wellington clean. 

Charlie's Big Day has the clown per- 
forms easy, medium or hand tricks, accord- 
ing to the child's initial choice. 

When Easy is selected, the student is 
asked what trick Charlie did first, II this is 
answered correctly, Charlie performs the 
same trick again, followed by another one. 
Now the child is asked to recall the two 
tricks, and so on to as large a sequence of 





tricks as possible. 

If Medium is selected, the tricks are gener- 
ated randomly each time, With Hard, Charlie 
performs a whole sequence of tricks twice, 
and then begins a third. The child is asked 
which trick completes the sequence. If the 
answer is correct, then every other turn 
another trick is added to the sequence. One 
or two adults - including me - have had 
trouble with this one! 

All in all, The Shoe People is an ideal 
debut program from the First Class label. AH 
selections, except when running Margot's 
Magic Colour irg Book with the mouse, are 
made very easily by hitting the biggest key 
on the keyboard, trie Spacebar. Each time it's 
hit, an arrow mrwes on to the next choice. 
The choice r* then executed by the second 
biggest key, Return . 

Voung children will love the graphics and 
the sound effects, particularly the sound of 
the Shoe People clumping along, as well as 
the noises made when Charlie bangs his 
drum, spins plates on sticks and performs 
other wonder;. 

And to add even more value, the package 
also includes a Shoe People book. The Shoe 
Town Gold Rush, worth 85p, and a badge 
featuring one of the Shoe People. 

One special note lor teachers - the pack- 
age is aimed at National Curriculum attain- 
ment targets one to three. 

Spellbound! 

Lander Software -£25.99 

Recommended forages 7 to 16+ 

Spellbound! is really as much about learning 
gameplay, particularly control of a joystick, as 
it is about spelling, 

However, that's not such a bad combina- 
tion of attributes. Learning should be fun, 
shouldn't it? And iander software have pro- 
vided a superbly entertaining way of learning 
with this one. 

You may already know something about 
the character Henrietta from Lander's previ- 
ous programs, You probably don't know, 
however, that she has an American cousin 
called Hal who enjoys a quest just as much as 
his English relative. 

Morgana has entrusted her magic wand 
to barmy genius Professnr Crime, who has 
concealed it under locks and keys - five of 
each, to be precise. 

The player's job is to guide Hal, in a heli- 
copter, submarine and spacecraft, in his 
quest foe the five keys. To will a key, you 
must spell a worci a tetter of which is made 



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Education 





available to you in a random Drder each 
time you kill one of ftofessor Grime's dw- 
erly disguised robots. You kill them by hit- 
ting your Fire button, thus causing your 
ship o* craft to fire on the enemy. 

You tan set up almost infinite levels of 
difficulty by specifying the number of lives, 
the speed of the robots,, the quantity of fuel 
and whether the walls you encounter are 
"safe" - they don't harm you when you hit 
them - or "deadry". Trie more difficult you 
make things for yourself, the more your 
potential for earning points. 

There are five adventures for Hal, and a 
key is won each time an adventure is sue- ' 
cessfulfy completed - that is, when the let- 
ters for a word have been picked up in tne 
correct order and the strip or .rait has beien 
steered to the final exit point Vffien yfeu've 
won the five keys, you gain possessiofl^f 
the all-powerful wand, thus preventing fur- 
ther misuse of it. 

This is a program that almost anyone wiH 
find enjoyable. It's not possible to say which 
age group it appeals to. most, though the 
skills involved mean that chiidi^igd^^ 
about sewn may find it too difficulL^| 

Lander Software themselves just abd|^ 
sum it up when they refer to it as "com- 
puter edutainment". 

Picture 
Book 



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Triple R Education - 
£19.95 

Recommended for ages 2 to 5 

younger children usually Seam lower case 
letters before capitals, Far this reason, they 
can be easily confused by the capital Setters 
on computer keyboards. 

Ifs good to see that with Picture Eoofc, 
Triple R Education have provided plastic 
keyboard overlays featuring lower case let- 
ters, 

Not only that - while one of the overlays 
is for the usual Qwerty keyboard, the second 
one has the keys in "a* to *t order reading 
from top left to bottom right of the letter 
keys. The program is very easily switched 
from Qwerty to "i" to "? mode by select- 
ing the option from the main menu. 

So much far keyboard considerations - 
what about the program itself? Picture 
Book, which comes on one disk, comprises 
four programs - Alphabet, Snap, Spell It 



and Count 'Em. They will provide many 
hours of learning and entertainment for the 
target audience, and all four programs can 
be loaded into memory at once, so quite 
tiny children can be left playing alone with- 
out the confusion of loading. 

Alphabet is an electronic version of the 
traditional ABC book. When a letter key is 
presses, a drawing or an item which begins 
with that letter, srd the full name of the 
rtem^^HI on the screen. The see of each 
colourful drawing can be altered using the 
< dflf:- keys . 

^Vith the largest picture size, the name 
of the item is not displayed, giving the par- 
ent or teacher the chance to check whether 
the ctolatanspeJMhe word before it's 
revealed, 

Some of the dr livings are animated. For 
instance, ^^IFustrated by a jack-in-the- 
box, the jack springing out each time it is 
retyped. Most, if not all, children will [partic- 
ularly like this feature, 

Snap is exactly what you might expect, 
with the added feature that you tan choose 
whether to match two pictures, a picture 
and an initial letter, or a picture and a 
word. Up to three children can play at 
once, with a designated key for each riayer 
to try lo hit first when two corresponding 
items appear. The first to score three is the 
winner. 

Count 'Em is an excellent introduction 
to the world of numbers, It involves the 
young players pressing the number key 
which corresponds to the number of pic- 
lures displayed. There are three levels - 
numbers up to three, six and nine - which 
can be cycled through by pressing the 
spacebar. 




Spell It has two lev- 
els - Easy and Hard - 
and is an ideal intro- 
duction to words. On 
the easy level, the word 
is displayed onscreen 
together with the cor- 
responding picture. A 
smaller version of the 
same picture is 
repeated as many 
times as there are let- 
ters in the word across 
the bottom of the 
screen, each one being 
replaced by a correcL 
letter as the chrld types. 

As the cfild attempts to copy > 
any correct letters pressed will be put into 
the appropriate place. Incorrect letters sim- 
ply have no effect 

On the ha id level, children have to try to 
spell without the words being displayed for 
copying, though help is given after a noisy 
"wpfaefty" sound if the child gets the word 
wrong, 

Tr? graphics are simple anc raourful 
just right for the :arget age g/0Lp. Some d 
me sound effects - fer Instance, the roar of 
the lion, the meaow of the cat and the 
sound at the apple being munched - are 
excellent. 

Picture Book is a friendly and encouraging 
welcome to computers for the very young. 
Tripfe R Education have got it just right. 

Look! Hear! 

Hokianga Software -£45 

Recommended fur ages 4 to A 

Look! Wear! is a bright way for younger chil- 
dren to learn haw to read and pronounce 
words. The program uses colourful, ani- 
mated graphics and so is probably more 
interesting to children than 
using the less inspiring 
alternative, a textbook. 

Natural digitised speech 
is a good feature of the 
program, especially as it's 
well spoken and easily 





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understood. This is Specifically used lo teach 
and test "sight words" - the 240 core words 
children up to and including the eight-year- 
old level should be able to recognise and 
pronounce instantly. 

Look! Hear! is presented on four disks. 
The first contains the program and the 
alphabet. You can choose whether the 
alphabet should be displayed in small or 
capital letters. When the letters appear 
onscreen the vocals call what the letter is. 

There is a test involving the posting of 
envelopes. A letter is called out and to show 
you recognise it you click on the envelope 
you think contains the letter. If you've cho- 
sen the correct one, it will automatically be 
posted into a letter box. 

The second and third disks consist of 
T2 lists [six on each disk) of tore words, 
with 20 words in each list. .As with the 
alphabet, you can play the test. Also, you 
are able to show all of the words in a list 
at one time. 

The program is fairly simple for children 
to use, and has obviously been written by 
people who know something about main- 
taining children's interest. The speech is 
exceptionally clear and used particularly 
well. Even so, you can turn it off if you 
wish. 

The different screens are all neatfy and 
brightly presented. If there is a young child 
in your household, why not give 
their brain cells a challenge? 



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As with the Workstation disk, 
where SID formed the backbone 
of all disk operations, the 
Graph icStation depends primarily for its 
supreme ease-of-use on another directory 
utility, in this case Chris Pettefs excellent 
TDM [The Directory Manager). With TDM, 
the user can happily forget CLI and Shell 
when it comes to a whole host of frle and 
disk management tasks. 

Let's start TDM by selecting it on the 
Shortcut System menu. If Shortcut isn't 
active you might have to click once with 
the left mouse button on the small 
Shortcut window at the top of the screen. 
Now hold down the right mouse button to 
reveal the menus, System is the leftmost 
menu and TDM the first option on it, so 
highlight and select TDM. 

After a bit of detmnching, TDM's 
friendly colourful display will pop up, This 
son; of screen should be familiar to anyone 
who's used a directory utility in the past, 
but on the assumption that many of you 
won't have, I'm going to annoy you by 
going through it one feature at a time (he, 
he). 

The main working area is split into two 
large windows with a strip of gadgets, down 
the middle, Below this, along the bottom of 
the screen, there's another strip containing 
more gadgets for those eager mouse fin- 
gers. There are no drop down menus in 
TDM - everything is accomplished with the 
(eft mouse button and the odd visit to the 
keyboard. 

We use the word "gadget 17 because it 
sounds less ridiculous than "button', which 
is really all a gadget is. Now let's start click- 
ing on some gadgets. The first one you 
should go for is DFQ:, which you'll find at 
the top ol the central gadget strip. This and 




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the four other deep blue gadgets are for 
loading directory listings into whichever of 
the two large windows is active. 

The active window when you first enter 
TDM will be the left-hand one, denoted by 
its sunken 3D look, but you can choose the 
tight-hand window by clicking on it before 
selecting DFO;, Note that the message win- 
dow above the gadgets will change from 
"Ready and waiting" to "Heading directory" 
[ust so you don't wony about what the pro- 
gram is doing. 

What you'll see in the left window will be 
a list of all the files and directories on the 
Graph icStation disk, with directories shown 
first in bright yellow and files shown last in 
deep blue to avoid confusion. Mow dick in 
the right window to activate it and then dick 
on RAM:. 

Now go back to the left-hand window 
and click on the Preferences program, you'll 
see a little green arrow appear to the left of 
the file which marks it as selected. Any file 
with an arrow beside it in this way will be 
operated upon by the gadget you choose, 
but for now we'd concentrate on one file 
and dick the Copy gadget. 

After a quick disk access. Preferences will 
be copied to me HAM disk, from where we 
can quite safely muck about with it, First 
we'll call it "MyFile". Td do this, click on 
Preferences again (the one in the RAM disk) 
and then on Rename in the central gadget 
strip. After the shareware message has fin- 
ished you can type the new name into the 
dialogue box and click on OKAY to confirm 
your choice. 

Comments 

Next we'll add a comment to the file- 
Comments are saved with the file and can 
be examined at a later date. They are useful 
if you've forgotten what a particular file is 
far, especially if you have a hafil drive with 
files scattered all over the place. 

To add a comment, click on MyFile (as it 
should now be called), then on Comment. 
As you're reading this column, the answer to 
the question you should see in the dialogue 
box will be "Yes, and dashed good value it is 

tDOl". 

Clear the comment out by pressing Ctrl 
and \ type in "Jonathan Potter's superb 
Ffrefs program', then click on OKAY to save 
the comment. Ne*t, as preferences is a 
rather important pro- 
gram, you might like to 
ensure you can never 
accidentally delete it, 

Click on MyFile 
again, then on Protect. 
This brings up a gadget 
panel containing infor- 
mation on the file's 
"protection flags". 
These are called flags 
because they can be 
either "set" (on) or 
"unset" (off), and tell 
the Amiga whether it is 
OK to delete a file, and 
whether it can be read 



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or written to. At the 

moment, the top four flags 
are set, which means prefer- 
ences tan be deleted, read, 
written to, and executed. 

To make it impossible to 
delete this file, simply click on 
the Delete gadget and the D 
will disappear from the list at 
the top of the panel. If you 
now click on OKAY, the Hags 
will be permanently altered 
and MyFile will be impervi- 
ous to careless mouse clicks. 

To test this, try to delete MyFile. TDM 
will display its usual warning box, but 
when you click OKAY to go ahead with 
the deletion, the message window above 
the central gadget strip will tell you that 
the file is now protected from deletion, 
and MyFile will remain in the RAM disk, 
Meat, eh? 

One last operation you can use to gar- 
ner more information about a file is the 
File Info gadget on the bottom gadget 
strip. This is beside the up/down scroll 
gadgets on the left-hand side, so click on 
MyFile, then on File Info - you'll see an 
info panel pop up. 

This should tell you the file's name 
including the directory it is occupying, any 
comment, attached to the file, its size in 
bytes and blocks, which protection flags 
are set and unset, and when the file was 
created, All this information comes Irom 
the file "header*, which is a sort of ID tag 
found on all ArnigaDQS files. 

Finally, and if you really want to stick 
your trotters in the information trough 
and have a good long guzzle, you can 
click on the Sys Info gadget opposite File 



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Info, This brings up a panel showing avail- 



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able memory, split into chip and fast RAM, 
the current system time, and the number 
of devices and assigns your machine cur- 
rently recognises. 

For details of exactly what assigns and 
devices are active, dick on one of the gad- 
gets at the bottom of the panel. Assigns, 
far example, will tell you which default 
assign there are, such as UBS: and DEVS:, 
along with any you've since set up, and 
the Devices gadget will report on anything 
thaf s either automatically mounted (such 
as DFOi) and anything that's since been 
mounted, which makes it a good way of 
checking if MessyDos has been successfully 
kicked into life. 

That's all lor this month. Vou should 
have enough to be getting on with TDM 
at the moment 



Mexl month we'll take a look si con- 
figuring TDM using the TDMConED 
program, and the various additional 
uses it can be put to, such as editing 

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Can you clear a screen in Steve Smith's 

Dragon Tiles, or retain your composure 

with Niall Summerville's Tettrix? 

Test your skills with this 

month's classic gaming duo! 




ragon Tiles as a game type 
should be familiar to many. The 
object is to click on the various, 
tiles, match up two symbols, and clear 
them away. The trick is to make jure you 
clear them in the right order, because if 
ycu fail to think your way through this 
deceptively simple game, you're almost 
certain to be left staring in hopeless fury 
at a pile of tiles you can't get rid of. 

Steve Smith's version of the game is 
easily fche most colourful and eye-catch- 
ing I've seer on the Amiga. The game 



however, completely loses any soothing 
qualities as soon as you start to play. 
You'll be faced with a set of differently 
shaped tile mounds to choose from, and 
believe me they get harder as they go 
along. To start with, go for the one on 
the tap left of the screen, as even begin- 
ners should r.ompfete this one alter a cou- 
ple of tries, The screen display will change 
to a full size image of the tile mound, and 
the first thing you'll notice is how cleanly 
and colourfully everything has been 
designed. Tactiealfy, you should always 



How to use the Disk 



first of all, you must make a backup 
copy of the CoverDisk, To do this, boot 
up with your copy of Workbench, then 
double click on the Workbench disk 
icon, followed by tn*e Shell or CLI icon. 
Mow type : 

DISKCQPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: 

or, if you have an extra disk drive, put a 
blank, formatted disk in DF1: and type; 

DISKCOPY FROM DfO: TO DF1: 

follow the onscreen prompts until the 
copying procedure has ended, then put 
your original disk away in a safe place. 
Now switch off the machine and wait 
for 10 seconds before rebooting with 
the copy. Wait until the CoverDisk icon 
appears, double click on it and away 
you go. 

That's all you need do to make a 
straight copy of the entire disk. 
However, you may also want to to copy 



individual programs from your copy 
of die CoverDisk to a separate disk. In 
this case ensure that you Hilly under- 
itanct which related files need to go 
with it. For example, all of the docu- 
ment files on the disk require that the 
text editor PPmore is in the current 
disk's C: directory, Therefore, if you 
copy the docs to a new disk you will 
also have to copy PPmore to the new 
C: directory before you can read 
them.S&me of the smaller doci will 
not have been crunched, so for these 
you need only change the tool types 
on the icon's info screen to reflect 
whichever text editor you do have on 
the new disk. 

As a general rule, you should care- 
fully read the documentation for any 
program you copy from disk to disk. 

This can save a great deal of mess- 
ing about and can help you avoid all 
those infuriating error messages! 




Tettrix 



strive to remove the topmost tiles in 
order to work your way to the bottom 
layer in an even manner. This means you 
have to resist the temptation to go for an 
easy combination by using a tile on the 
outside edge of the pile which is on the 
lowest level. If you succumb to this temp- 
tation,, you will soon find you've run out 
•of twin tiles. 

A tile cannot be removed if both its 
left and right edges are covered by 
neighbouring tiles, fn situations where a 
tile is completely surrounded, you have 
to carefully work your way towards it one 
b'le at a time, and It's here you'll be most 
pressurised to make reckless use of easily 
available lower tiles. Try not to! 



* Dragon Tiles is a j 

' n n ten ; ^ P'ay it and keep j t 
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RYDE 

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In return, Steve wilj 5er td you 
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source code for Dragon Tiles 




Tettrix 



Amiga £otnpvHn§ April J 992 




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Tettrix 

Author Nialt Summerville 

NWS Tettri* game is I version of T«lrh'-, one of the most popular and addic^ 
live computer games of all time. I've never beer, much of a Telris fan, but in the 
course of testing Tettruc for Inciter. on the CcwerDisk, I ve become hopelessly 
and shamefully ensued by It. I challenge yw not lo link into the same boggle 
eyed frenzy every time you play ll! 

The first novel dltferer.ee offered by Tettri* over the usual T*trfl game » that 
it throws blocks at you in a horizontal direction, which should confuse Tetris 
[am used to the mure traditional vertical game layout. Apart from thai, the 
ga me plays in an identical manner to the original and is every bit H obsession 

To^e orientate a block before placing it on the grid at the right ol the 
scrten, click the left mouse button. This will rot 
you get it into the correct position to nil a 
gap. When you're happy with the block, 
pressing the right mouse button will j m 

zoom il into position. 

Any completely filled line of blocks 
disappear accompanied with a sami 
"oh yeahf, The object of the game If to 
keep the box as empty as possible Or 
tower of blocks reaches the extreme 
of the screen the game is over and y< 
treated to an appraisal of your Score. 

Unlike the original game, and most of 
kel, Tettrix offers a bagful of extra features, including a random game and cus 
lorn game option, in conjunction with a full level editor 

tendon games will present the player with a Tetiri* screen already dotted 
with small blocks, making the game a great deal more dltficjll to play, but ct» 
torn name* can be designed by the user to his or her tasl«- 

( ht level editor off en features such as complete control over colour schemes 
and the number of lines to be completed before the level is over As ft .s packed 
with feature* and very well documented in Mali's Tettri* dot Hie, 111 not go into 
it In detail here, but H you want to play a Tettri* game that's really yours, check 
out the on riitk documentation. 



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Syslnfo v2.53 

Author: Nic Wilson 

Syslnfo has for a long time been the 
best Amiga system information pro- 
gram, and V2-S3, with many improve- 
ments over earlier incarnations, works 
wilh ail Amigas, including (he 500 Plus, 
and A3Q0Q. 

The program's function is simple but 
invaluable. When run it checks your 
Amiga to see how much memory it has, 
what type it is, what Sort of peripherals 
you have attached, the type of Agnus 
chip with which your machine is 
equipped, and 50 on. 

The main screen has information 



panels for system software (.your 
Kickstart ROW, intuition libraries and so 
forth), drives available, memory, and 
internal hardware. If, for instance, you 
wanted to know what sort el Agnus 
chip your machine was fitted with, 
you'd look in the internal hardware bo* 
where Agnus. Denise, and Display types 
are all listed. 

At the bottom of the screen there are 
buttons for memory, boards, drives, 
and speed. With the first three ol these 
you can call up much more detailed 
information oh the various devices, but 
Che last one, speed, fe of particular inter- 
est if you're tti inking ol buying an accel- 
erator board or already own one. 

When this button is clicked on a 




Calcvl.2 

Author: Kevin lawrence 

Spreadsheets are the second most useful items of general home office software after 
wordprocessors, and Kevin Lawrence's Calc is ideal for the beginner and seasoned 
user alike It combines ease-of-use with a range ol powerful features, and can be 
used for everything from working out the monthly domestic budget to small busi- 

new accounts. , .. 

Like most spreadsheets, it surfers fowl the initial disadvantage of being visually 
unimpressive That's because a spreadsheet is a just large blank area ol columns and 
rows into which the user types his or her figure and emulations. Once the spread- 
sheet has been filled up, however, things become a bit more interesting, and users 

with i practical mind 
will soon find Calc an 
invaluable tool. 

The sample 
database on the 
CoverDisk has been 
designed to keep 
track of petrol con- 
sumption, and takes 
all the hassle out of 
the calculations you'd 
normally plough 
through in order to 
gauge how well your 
car is performing. 
Load il up by 
loosing Load Irom the Project menu. You'll have to type in the name of the He 
you're looking for as the current veraon ot Calc unfortunately doesn't support a file 
Luesler, so type "examples/petrol. sod" into the data entry cell at the bottom of 
column A (lower left-hand quarter ol Calc's screen}, then press Return. 

When the file loads you should see a screen contaifiing rows and columns of data 
Each individual item of data is a "cell", which is referred to by the name of the col- 
umn and the number of the row it is In. The top left-hand ceil is therefore called M . 
Calculations, as talc's name suggests, are at the heart of every spreadsheet Tor 
example all the cells in columns t and C ot our petrol spreadsheet are calculation 
cells which operate on the contents of certain other cells. Using the cursor keys, go 
to cell E5 and its contents will be' displayed in the top left-hand comer of the screen- 
They should read: 

which is a emulation of the miles-per-gallon figure reached when you d*ide miles 
travelled (B5) by litres used <C5), then multiply it by the number of litres in a gallon 

Spreadsheets can be used to keep a track of stock items, current total value of 
stock wages and salaries, bank accounts, almost anything involving the handling ol 
large'amounts of numerical data, in fact. There's enough room in Cak's 53 columns 
for" most users and the program could well 
be the last spreadsheet you'll ever need. 



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Amiga Computing April \992 



speed test a carried out to gauge the 
machine's MIPS (millions of instructions 
per second) and MFLOP5 (millions ot 
floating point operations per second) 
ratings. These should be treated with 
caution, as the MIPS count at least 
seems to be a bit pessimistic. When I 
tried it on a 63040-equipped B2O00, it 
returned a MIP5 count of no more than 
seven, half as fast as the rating provided 
by my usual MIPS tester. 
This gripe aside, Syslnfo is one of 

. those indispensable utilities everyone 
should have lying around- If you've 
never poked around inside an Amiga 

' with a screwdriver, now's your chance 
to do so with impunity, and you won't 
even need the screwdriver! 

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Back up disks at lightning speed 
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CoverDisk 

DiskTalk 

Author NiCQ Francos 

From lhe man whose PowerPacker pro- 
gram made it possible to cram over a 
megabyte onto an 880k floppy tomes a 
Utllty to play sound samples every lime a 
diik is inserted and removed irom the 
drive- 
To run DiskTalk, either select it from 
the Shortcut menu or double click on its 
icon. The program will run, load two 
samples into memory, and appear on 
your Workbench screen in its own litlle 
window to remind you that it's there. 

Now eject your CoverDisk. and put it 
back in again. Hear trie difference? With 
the appropriate samples, DiskTalk couW 
be anything from brilliantly funny to 
downright rude. 

You can choose the sample to be 
played by going to CU and typing; 

HIK PI$KT*LK [IN] [MT] 

where [IN] and [OUT] are the full names 
and pathnames at the samples you'd like 




to play. You can also set the samples by 
altering the program's icon looltypes. 
This will have to be done from a 
Workbench disk, as there wasn't enough 
space on the CoverDisk to include 
infoJibrary in its LIBS: directory. 

Try some of the e*tra samptes in the 
DiskTalk directory, They might surprise 
you! 



Guru! is an extremely handy utility which will attempt to explain, what the computer 
means when it gwes you a Cum alert and all those incomprehensible numbers. 

To use Cutu! just take a note of the left-hand eight digit number on your Cum 
alert, then go to the CU and type: 

UN 

You wilt be prompted to enter the number, and then Cum! will tell you what it can 
about Lhe cause of the alert. 

Thii information will be ol more use to programmers than anyone else, but rf. for 
example you've |ust bought a new FWM expansion and you start getting Gurus, the 
program should be able to confirm for you whether the errors are being caused 
because of a memory problem. 

Remember - the more you can find out about what's going on inside your Amiga, 
the better your chances of figuring out if anything terminal is wrong with it. 

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We are 5lways on the laaknul for new, quality 
Amiga pnjgrams for 1he CovtfDisk. If yew Urn* 
jOU havEwritlifl! something ^4 enough, for oth- 
ers to share md enjoy, please «r*d A in and we'l 
iMMlkHk. 

I If Amiga Cwttpurinj CovefOiik ii used by 
[h(*jMndt of Amiga owners. wtTf monlh ifl placei 
J. oirer !he world fram New ftalard to- lhe USA, 
so if yuur suto™siwi finds lis mf onto the disk, 
voj coukf be tartiDin! 

Ple«M make Sure you list All Workbench and 
atlwr files nofcury for lhe program to wofk, Feel 
free to design your awn Icon for progs which run 
from Warttstfith, but please don't make them loo 

big. 

I you ensure your program is as compatible Ji 
passible with a wide range of Artigas, it will aho 
stand 3 better eHwm af puliation. We are espe- 



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(Khtr way and winch fus not been put in lhe pub- 
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II you wis* yaur program lo be released as 

sharew** or Ireeware w? will be iilflpy to pubtih 

il, bul would, d course, be happer H we'd been 

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submisskim torn, a copy OS 1 it, or a ncyied deckia- 
lioii to lhe same «n«t. Pleaw supply yaur full 
name, address and phone number, 

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Anyone who's stumbled across the 
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aaooated Afhwnac column in this 
Mgune can't tail To have heard of Scala - the 
presentation system that's won the hearts and 
-wxfc d amateurs and professionals alike. 

icalaSOO'i parent program quite literally 
broke new ground m Amiga-based presenLi- 
•Or\ ii both 0TV and as a interactive multime- 
4a system, 

New the creators of this highly acclaimed 
Onynal have released a video titling variant 
amed squarely at the cost-conscious end of 
tw market. Although, at first glance both sys- 
tom appear almost identical, there are some 
dfcrences which make the possible applica- 
tenund ffexibility of each very different 

Before we delve into the pros and ton:, r:.l 
the system, it's worth a closer look at the oper- 
fbon of the program and its impressive array of 
Matures in order to set the scene and introduce 
tf* uninitiated to what exactly make it tick. 

Like its bigger brother, 5cala500 has an 
western interface, Ai a result, mastering the 
program is a breeze. After only a tew hours of 
ardent twiddling and tinkering, the manual 
becomes merely a colourful addition to the 
OOOHShen. 

The production process starts with the ever- 
present slide sorter which allows you to add 
pages and define at which point each will 
appear in the sequence, how long it will dis- 
play - or whether you'd prefer its appearance 
to be controlled by the mouse, In addition you 
can define exactly which effect is employed to 
•ttodute each page in if* sequence. 

More general options include editing frame 
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and, of course, the loading and saving of 
Kripts - the format in which aS your creations 
an stored. 



Backdrop 



At the start of a new project, the first las* is 

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your choice. Once New is selected the pro- 
gram instantly defaults to its background file 
requester,, prompting you to select an appro- 
priate image from the impressive selection. 
Alternatively you COuM even create your own 
backdrops in D Paint. The program accepts 
either eight colour creations in hi-nes or 1 6 in 
med-res. All you need do jj tell the package 
where to find them. 

Once the background is defined, the pro- 
gram instantly toads (he file and defaults to the 
composition screen which adds a menu bar 
ready for the addition and stylising of both text 
and brushes - which again come as part of the 
package. 

While on the subject of text r it's perhaps 
worth fishing around for a few extra fonts as 
the program is. only supplied with four as stan- 
dard. Excellent though they are, a regular user 
will soon find Sv<h a small selection very restric- 
tive. Brushes, however, are a different story 




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altogether, with a huge selection of excel- 
lently drawn images coming with the pack- 
age. 

As with Uw backgrounds, brushes can be 
manufactured externally and added to the 
selection. Brush handling and styling is per- 
haps the most Impressive aspect of the pro- 
gram. Both manufactured and supplied 
images can have all the styling additions usu- 
ally reserved solely for text. 

As a result, a brush can boast either 30 or 
drop shadow in a variety of user-definable 
directions ~ outlines, bold italic and under- 
line - with mixed results, plus pre-defined 
page position. 

All the elements, text or brushes, can be 
moved and placed in any position either 
over or underlaying other elements. Ail the 
onscreen components can have their partic- 
ular effects adjusted individually whether it 
be 3D or shadow length, outline width and 
in the case of test, character Spacing and so 
on. 

If we assume the new page is now chock- 
a-block with suitable text and assorted 
brushes, the next job is to add the whistles 
and befc which briny the image to life. |ust 
like the application of effects, each line and 
brush can hav$ its own introduction to page. 

Selecting any element followed by the 
movement icon reveals yet another 
requester full of assorted introductions, 
Simply click, select and assign a suitable 
speed and an optional delay. 

Again the selection of intros is impressive, 
if perhaps a little shorter than that of the 
original Scala, Nevertheless, if S unlikefy that 
you'll run out of inspiration for a very bnq 
time. The intros take two 'basic formats, 
either movement versions whkh slide the 
element into the page from a pre-defined 
direction or the second type which reveal the 
object on the spot via a series of wipes and 
fades. 

Once all the elements have their intros 
assigned, if s time to return to the compila- 
tion screen and examine your creation via 
the Show button which runs the particular 




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page in its entirety. If you're not happy with 
any aspects of the show it can be altered by 
repeating the intro assign process, or juggled 
around the screen with the Move option - 
which offers a handy blanket, selection option 
making; the grouping and movement of vari- 
ous elements simplicity itself. 

Although ScalaSQQ is the usual Digital 
Creations classic, there are a few points which 
detract slightly from its claim to be the ulti- 
mate video tilling system. Firstly, it doesn't 
support externally created animations - an 
option which its bigger brother does. 

This may seem a rather niggty point, but 
the inclusion of DPaint anims within Scala 
does make a significant contribution to the 
impact of its presentation. Its exclusion is even 
more surprising considering ScalaiOO's gen- 
locking potential which if employed property 
can leave jaws dangling in amazement. 

The second disappointment is the pro- 
gram's inability to employ wrap-around text, 
an effect employed on just about every TV 
programme ever created, No doubt because 
of (his omission it's also not possible to load in 
pre-prepared lext, 

The lack ol wrap-around scrolling, tent 
importation and the inclusion of cartoon- 
style brushes does give the package a rather 
light-hearted feel, In other words, if you 
want to knock out titles for a socially aware, 
deep and meaningful documentary, 
SealaSOO isn't the ideal choice. 

All in ail, I think the package speaks for 
itself. It ts easy-to-use, high quality software 
that provides impressive results which are 
guaranteed to leave a smile on both your face 
and those of y&ur audience. 

If you're interested, at least 2Mb of extra 
memory is advisable and, of course, a hard 
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This month we'll concentrate on the virtual side of the machine's featares with 
a look at a whole range of enhancements for the ever-growing band of ray 
tracers. To Start things off we'll open with the long awaited arrival of Space 
Fonts, created by RGB software and dlitribuied by those artistic aficionados, Alternative 
image. 

The ten fonts in the set come in a variety oi original styles and cover the entire char- 
acter set in both upper and (owe* case, As you can see from the examples, some excel- 
lent results are possible, but keep in mind that all the Images are 24-bit creations. If 
you're working with Ham you won't achieve the tame quality, but that certainly isn't 
the fault of the fonts. 

The fonts themselves are strictly format specific. In other words, if you use more than 
one tracer yon could face investing twice in the same font - Bnlikely perhaps, but worth 
remembering. The slightly faceted loc* on (lose jp can be reduced with the assistance 
of RaceTrace which Is cowed more fully below. On the other hand, you can cheat by 
adding a bump map to the edge of the font as In the Alternative Image example. 

Aide from the one font /one format restriction, the main limiting factor is sure to be 
the price, Each font retails at a frightening £25, and with the complete collection run- 
ning to £250 it's sure to put them far beyond the means of the average punter. For (he 
pros they may prove a good investment, simply due to their time saving potential, 

Fortunately for we mere financial mortals, there is an alternative. If time isn'l your 
top priority you can do ejtacrJy what RBC have done and employ theiT RjceTrace 20 to 



SoftwareVT'' 

ID conversion program to transform a standard Amiga font into its three-dimensional 
counter par I. 

Creating an entire character set will lake a long time and it's this veiy commodity that 
puts the £2S price tag on each Space Font. RaceTrace will still set you back £99.95, but 
armed with it you can create as many or as few characters as you require. And of course, 
RaceTrace isn't limited to fonts - any 2D image can be transformed into a ID object. 

In tact, with the assistance of RaceTrace your own fonts can actually be superior to the 
commercial alternative, as more 
time can be spent removing 
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s' i". ill this can be clearly spotted 
in the dose up of the AC lm*ge. 

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Space Pont 
Tools 

Continuing in the same three-dimensional 
vein, RCG software have released another 
program which may prove to have much 
more mass market appeal. Space Font 
Tools is released in conjunction with its 
namesake to add more flexibility to the 
new font sets. 

Equipped with this £25 utility, the 
potential of any 3D font - or object come 
to that - gets an impressive boost. The 
program operates in two dimensions, a 
strange concept lor a three-dimensional 
font editor, but it simply means that 
you're allowed to edit both the x and y 



co-ordinates whilst the z or depth is left 
untouched. 

As a result, it's possible to add an italic 
effect and either stretch or shrink the 
actual height and width of the lonl. Both 
effects can be applied simultaneously, and 
as you can see from the default and edited 
Amiga logo, the changes can be quite 




The friendly fact af (nf txcftkrrlt intestate. Space 
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startling. Actually creat- 
ing the desired font 
slyle is simplicity itself. 
Clicking on either of the 
two dimension selector 
toggles between the 
Italic and Stretch 
options precedes 
adding the desired effect via a mouse and 
slider combination, Alternatively, you can 
type in the changes directly from the key- 
board. 

To see what's happening, a standard 
fort! is supplied Hbove the slider to give 
you an idea of what your new font will 
look like. The letter in question is simply a 
generic representation to illustrate the 
applied effects. 

To view any character within a fool it 




An impreuirc cinmplr at just ha* IttUib 
ftltftrenie Space font Tools can mobf to 
a \tandatd font 

first needs to be selected as the current 

letter and viewed via the show icon. The 
standard font is then immediately 
replaced by 4 wireframe representation of 
the selected character. 

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so RGB have kii>dly added a number of alter- 
natives, The first is the option to use the 
same changes applied to the individual 
across the entire character set automatically 
saving the new font to a pre-defined output 
path. 

If you don't need the entire set, a lert 
requester has been added which will process 
only Hie component characters with the text 
- very handy if ycu'r e short on disk space. 

An added bonus of the package is that it 
iin't restricted to font editing. Because it 
works with objects rather than true fonts, the 
program couldn't care less if the object, actu- 
ally represents a letter or not 

As a result, any object can be loaded into 
the editor and have its dimensions squashed, 
stretched and tilled as the fancy takes you, 
This might not be an everyday need, but it's 
a useful trick if you want to quickly re-model 
an existing object. 

As with Space Funis, the accompanying 
editor comes in a wide variety of formats 
retailing at a very tempting £25 a rime. For 
more details contact Alternative Image on 
05 S3 440041 or fax OS 3 3 440650. 

PageStream 2.2 

Page Stream has foe a long time been 
ProPage's only senous challenger, and has 

evolved considerably since its initially disap- 
pointing start. The last year alone h as seen 
two upgrades in the forrn of 2.0 
and 2.1, but with 2 2, 
PageStream seems at last to have 
come to itifull maturity. 

The user interface has always 
been the most annoying aspect of 
working with PageStream, and it 
is no surprise that SottLogik have 
given it a complete overhaul for 
this release. Gone are the old- 
fashioned looking requesters and 
the intensely irritating refusal to 
<ir k ii nw ledge double clicks, and 



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in place of all this there is a smooth, 
attractive, and thoroughly Workbench 
2.D4 look and feel. 

In common with the latest versions of 
ProPage, P52.2 has gone for the WB2.0 
look like a rat up a drainpipe, leading to 
the full implementation of radio but- 
tons, standardised file requesters, and a 
much more consistent and logical 
approach to requesters in general. The 
result is that for first time users PS2.2 is 
a lot easier to come to grips with than 
its predecessors 

The changes, however, are not 
merely cosmetic. A host of annoying 
idiosyncracies, bugs, and omissions 
have been ironed out or put to rights 
and several new features added- The 
most enjoyable and useful of these are 
the import options and the font conver- 
;,i::r utility supplied with the disks. 

The Ascii text import module has 
been improved for greater compatibility 
with Mac and PC-style Ascii text, there's 
a new Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) 
importer with direct support for Adobe 
Photoshop files, giving the user full 
access to the masive range of Mac clip 
ail floating around out there, and you 
can now preview TIFF files before 
importing them. 

In addition, the existing modules 
have been greatly improved so that 
there should be none of the problems 
earlier releases suffered when importing 




TVpaint arrives on the IV 24 

After another call to The Amiga Centre Scotland's Martin Lowe, it's been confirmed that 
an Amiga 24-bit paint package is on its way for the IV-24, The final touches are sbll 
being added but Martin already has a prototype of TVpaint vt .6, often regarded as the 
machine's top paint package, for the board, 

It should be with me by the time you read this, so tune in next month for the first 
look at what the IV-24 has been waiting for. 



ProDraw clips, for example, With the 
improvements and new options and the 
font converter, PageStream is about the 
most flexible of the current crop of 
Amiga DTP packages in this respect. 

Font conversion is simplicity itself. 
MS-DOS PostScript fonts can be used 
directly if ported to the Amiga using a 
CrossDOS type utility, but those used on 
Macintoshes are in a slightly different 
format and have previously been 
unavailable to Amiga owners, As Macs 
have possibly the largest selection of 
fonts you're ever likely to find, the inclu- 
sion of a font converter to port Mac 
fonts across to the Amiga for use in 
PageStream cannot be ovef-praiied. 

Converting 

To convert a font, simpry save it to an 
AFE disk and get it onto the Amiga using 
CrossDOS, or port it directly with Mac- 
2-DOS. Once the font is in memory or 
on your hard drive, you run the printer 
fonts tile through the converter, which 
takes just a couple of seconds, and the 
font is ready to use, You'll still have to 
buy the fonts of course, but you'll have 
a great many more to choose frorn, 

Users of high-end HPCL plotters will 
be pleased to see the introduction of an 
HPGL driver. This means that 
PageStream can be used to produce 
high quality signs, drawings, and preci- 



sion-plotted output in the form of draw- 
ings or complete sign templates when 
used with the correct plotter/sign cutler. 
This alone could give the package a 
whole new market 

HotLinks support is the last major 
inclusion. This new system aims to pro- 
vide an idiot-proof rival for ARexx in that 
any program with HotLinks support can 
"publish" its IFF or Ascii files and any 
other compatible program can "sub- 
scribe" to the file. When the Tile Is 
updated, HotLinks automatically updates 
the file in every other program using a 
copy of it 

This means you can touch up your 
DTP graphics from another program or 
edit a PageStream Ascii file to the correct 
column length without having to do it in 
the DTP environment. When the graphic 
or file is updated, your PageStream page 
is automatically updated at the same 
time. We'll be covering this exciting new 
development in later issues and lining up 
PS2.2, ProPage 1.0, and Saxon Publisher 
1,2 an a DTP battle-of-the-giants, so 
keep your eyes peeled- 

PageStream 2.2 is much more than 
just a skin job. It is a well-considered and 
solid improvement over 2.1. Registered 
users will be receiving their free updates 
as we go to print. Users of other pack- 
ages are advised to give 
PageStream another look. 



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Now for the bad news 

II you're regular t« tlm update pages you're probably well aware of the Imminent 
release of G2's Imagk paint package on the IV-24. Unfortunately for IV users the 
deal hd\ fallen through. 

During a conversation with GZi Greg Hollidge, it soon became apparent that 
C.2 don' l feel it would be in their interest to support the board. 

After pliminaling technical difficulties the obvious, question was why they fell 
the need to pull oul of the project. After putting this poinl to Greg it appears that 
i(S purely a matter of speed. As anyone who either owns or has read our review 
of the IV-24 will know, speed isn't the system's slmngesl point - especially con 
corning the rather disappointing Macro paint package, 

Apparently the speed problems are caused because of the board's approach to 
image transfer. Unlike other systems, the IV 24 doesn't supply its output direct to 
the monitor - first it passes through the onboard llicker fixer whkh contains a res- 
ident library that converts the raw data from the board Into a suitable display for- 
mal. The actual image data is transferred in either four tbc-bit or eight four bit 
blocks. 

As a result, processing is significantly slower than other frame buffers, whkh is 
the primary reason fear \nine of Macro Paint's idiosyncrasies when updating the 
serein. According to both Greg Hollidge and The Amiga Centre Sent land \ Martin 
Lowe, the uprlatf limit jliun is unavoidable due In Ihe architecture of the board, 
As a result, IV users will simpry have to console themselves with Ihe rest ol the 
card's huih-in abilities. 



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4096 colour graphics 

4 channel statso sound 

Kicteiait 1 3 

Workbench 1 3 

Extras 1.3 and tutorial <** 

Amiga mouse 

TV modulator 
Power supply unit 
A500 keyboard 

Bart Simpson 

Capta n Planet 
Deluxe Paint III 
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Mouse mat and pocket 
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Star LC200 lull colour 

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Things 10 do Wflh words 

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Amp Pick 6 fGam»rs p aci.i 
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Interface for the Am.ga 
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1DODSDD 13S ipi 
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500 DSDO 135 tpi 
1000 DSDD 135 Tpi 

AJi 3.5" disks are 
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'? for 1 guarantiee 

RlinlKiw D skettes 

Red, g^eert. yellow 
orange, black, write 
Colours and quaruity ot 
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100 DSOD 135TP 
200 DSDO 135. Ipi 

3.5' BSW) SONY 8UIK 

DISKETTES 

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100 DSDO 135 tpi 
200 DSDD 135 tpi 
500 DSDD 136 ip 
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Competition Pro Star 

Python 1 Turbo m 

IPS137FI 

Pyihnn 3 Sega Wlegadme 

Apache 1 (05131) 

Fligntgrip 1 (Q5129P) 

Maverick 1 (bsiaen 

Chimera 3 Sega 
Megadrive(QSl40) 
intruder 1 (OS 149) 
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Alari dust cover 
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Star LC1Q dust cover 
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Star LC20Q oust cover 
Slar LC24'2G0 dust Covet 

2 piece pniKer stand 

■TiH 'n' turn monitor stand 
Monitor plynth 

Switches and CaWw 

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Amiga to C8M 10942 
monitor cable 
Amiga to Phtlips CM8B33 

Amiga 10 seal cable 
Amiga to Hitachi,nGranada 
7 pin din 
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was the latest version of a device which 



Stevie Kennedy checks out the first add-ons 
designed specially for Commodore's new ASOO Plus 




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PCB, then plug your 2,04 (hip and a 1 .3 
chip into the PCB. The switch can either 
dangle out of the machine, or can be Fit- 
ted by drilling a hole in its plastic case. 



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Once the Amiga is safely back together, 
you need only flick the switch to revert 
to using Kickslart 1.), and with luck 
many of your compatibility problems 
will be solved. This Is not Pandora's 
box, of course, but the ROM switchers 
used by 1,2 owners who'd upgraded lo 
1,3 helped to ease the transition back 
in 1987, and as the devices are now 
selling like hot cake*, according to one 
supplier, there's no reason to believe 
they won't help as much now, The big 
drawback with switchers is that they 
require you to open your Amiga to (it 
them, thus invalidating your warranty. 

Many owners of the new A500 Plus 
will probably put up with a few bits of 
incompatible software rather than risk 
this., but as the switchers can just as 
easily be used by owners of Kickstarl 

1.3 Amigais, there'll probably be thou- 
sands of the things in use (airly shortly. 

Users of 1-3 Kickstart Amigas with an 
eye to filling a switcher for Kickstart 

2.04 compatibility will initially face the 
problem ol ROM availability. 

At present, the 2.04 ROMs are in 
short supply, but for A5G0 Plus owners 
there's no such difficulty. 1.3 Kickstart 
ROMs are easier to came by and should 
cost about £30, Please note that this is 
not Included in the price of a ROM 



switcher. On the whole, the third-party 
peripherals industry has been quick to 
spot the market lor A500 Plus peripher- 
als, and users, of the new machine can 
expect to see redesigned or completely 
new peripherals appearing in ever- 
increasing numbers as the Plus gradu- 
ally becomes the standard in the 
market. 

Unlike peripherals designed to fit 
inside the Amiga, most external add-ons 
work perfectly with the ASOO Plus- |ust 
about anything which fits in the expan- 
sion bus on the Amiga's left-hand side, 
or in the ports at the machine's rear, 
will happily continue to function. 

AH hard drives will work, as will all 
printers, and we've yet to try a digitiser 
or hand scanner which has had prob- 
lems, There may, of course, be a few 
out there with software which is incom- 
patible with the Plus, bul as solving 
such problems is a simple matter of 
releasing a new version of the software, 
any hitches which exist should already 
have been sorted out by 
the manufacturers. 

Internal strife 

Trie hardware downside for A500 Plus 
owners is Ihftt a great many iniemally- 
fitting peripherals are incompatible 
with (he machine, tome of these, such 
as the KCS Powerboard PC emulator, 
are being redesigned, but most for the 
moment are useless on the new 
Amiga. 

The reasons for this are varied, bul 
can mainly be put down to an aliened 
motherboard layout and the new chips 
such as Kickstart 2.04 ROM. Products 
which don't as yet work include all old- 
style 1.5Mb RAM cards, the ICO 
Ad Ram card, and some accelerator 
cards which physically don't fit 
because of different sized components, 

Plus owners should follow a simple 
rule ol thumb and assume that all 
internal devices are incompatible 
unless the advertising or packaging 
explicitly states otherwise. If in doubt, 
you should always phone and check 
with the suppliers. Don't buy a penph- 
eral by mail order or from an unknowl- 
edgeable sales assistant if no such 
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After last month's quick tour of 
Workbench and Its pulldown 
menus, even the most timid 
beginner should by now be comfortable 
with his or her mouse and should feel up to 
i little exploring. It you happen to own a 
S00 Plus thii rtaij fortunately, never been 
easier. 

Cast your mind back to the Workbench 
2.04 Window menu, and the last option 
hidden away at the bottom. This is the 
"View By" feature, and we're going to use 
It Bo have a peek inside the Workbench disk 
and see what's going on. If you have an 
older Amiga, double dick on the Shell icon 
and type: 

CH S'fi: 

to get a directory listing of everything in 
the main disk fo* "root") directory. 

A500 Plus owners, should double click 
on the Workbench disk icon, then select 
View By/Name, 

For the moment, you'll only see those 
files which originally had icons attached, 
such as the prefs drawer. To see all thoi* 
hidden drawers which don't normally 
appear in a window, select Show/All R«. 
At this point, Workbench 1.1 owners 
should type LIST and press Return. 

Now before you stare in bewilderment 
at all the extra data you've suddenly got 
Onscreen, take a look £l just one file. Each 
has a line erf its own containing bask, infor- 
rnalion about the file, none of which 
should be confusing at this point- 
First there's the file's name, then there's 
its size rn bytes or the word "Drawer' 'i the 
entry is for a directory. Next the file's pro- 
tection flags - which we'll discuss later - 
are displayed, and the dale and time the 
file was created or last altered. Simple, 
really. 

If you want to 90 further and took into a 
directory, double didt on its name in the 
entry line and a new window will open 
with the directory's contents displayed the 



This month's jargon 

Boot block 

The boot block is where the Amiga looks first to decide 
whether or not a disk is of th* correct type. M the bov: 
says "Yes! I'm and AmigaDOS disk", the startup-sequence te 

executed. 



Startup-sequence 

A lent Hie in the S: directory containing AmigaDOS commands 
such as SETPATCH which determine how ihe disk will boot up. 
No AmigaDOS disk will boot up wiLhoui a startup-sequence. 



same way as the window you've just left. 
This is an ideal opportunity for A5CQ Plus 
owners to examine areas previously acces- 
sible only by using Shell. 

Try double clicking on the C directory. 
Owners of older Amigas will have to type: 

LIST C: 

for .3 similar effect What Workbench 1.3 
users will definitely miss is the ability to 
double-click on an executable file - such as 
Cr commands - to call up the Execute 
Command requester. 

For example, double clicking on Run 
will bring up an Execute Command dia- 
logue box and prompt you to finish off the 
command line by typing the name and 
path of the program you'd like to execute. 
This is by no means the easiest melhod of 
running a- program, but it ij a good exam- 
ple of the sort of flexibility offered by 
Workbench 2.04. 

You could quite happily go on clicking 
on directories and looking at files from 
Workbench if you never intend to go fur 
ther into your Amiga than the length of a 
mouse cable, but it's time to join all those 
Workbench 1.3 owners and roll up Dur 
sleeves with a visit to Shell. 

Change your display back to normal 
with the View By/Icon option, then double 
click on ihe Shell icon. 

A window will open wilh the title 
"AmigaShell" and you will be faced with a 
"prompt". The prompt is usually a short 
line containing the number of the shell 
process window - in this case it should be 
1 - and ihe directory you are presently 
working in, This should read "Workbench" 
and the version number (1,3 or 2,04), 
Finally, there will tie a colon, 3n arrow, and 
a cursor. 

In case you're unfamiliar with the term, 
a cursor is the indicator used to show 
where you will start lo enter text. They 
crop up in most programs which expect 
keyboard input, 

OK, time to start 
using Shell. This is 
where the real 
action lakes place, 
and most program- 
mers will never use 
Workbench at all, 
sticking to Shell for 
all their input and 
output. To catch up 
with Workbench 1.3 
owners, type the 
command: 



Shell-startup 

A lile in ihe 5: directory containing commands whkh deter- 
iniiu' how the Shell will open, 

Datestamp 

The date and lime a die was i n sled ■ ■■ I.H altered. The dales- 
tamp is automatically appended lo a hie, so you need never 
bother yourveN wilh i DMestampi can be examined tinmq Ihe 
LIST command- 



LIU SIS: 

and you should see 
a display very much 
like the one you 
saw when the 
Workbench window 
files were viewed by 
name. 
There's the file- 



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PART TWO 



Stevie Kennedy 

looks at what 

makes an Amiga 

disk tick 



name, sue in byles or "Dir" if it's a direc- 
tory, protection flags, and time/date 

"stamps". The term "datestamp" is given 
to the information attached to each Hie 
sbowing when it was first created or last 
altered, and can be found cm every Amiga 
lie. 

It is automatically appended to every 
lile, and you won't need to worry about it 
until you reach a fairly advanced level with 
AmigaDOS. 

You've now used one of the most useful 
AmigaDOS commands you're ever likely to 
come across. The LIST command, as we've 
fust witnessed, tells us a great deal more 
aboul the contents of a directory than DIR, 
which we started wilh last month. If s the 
only quick method for finding out how 
Large a life is and what its protection flags 
are - without il life wouM be a lot more 
difficult 

You may not have 
been able to catch in* 
entire list of your sys- 
tem disk the first time 
round if your Shell 
window was too small 
lo hold it all. 
Workbench 2.04 users 
can drag the shell 
window to full size in 
which case the list will 
scroll back down to 
fill the screen, but 
Workbench 1.3 users | 
will have to expand 
the window to its full 
size and type the 
command again. 

Do this and care- 
fully examine the list 
of directories. You will 
notice all those visible 
on the Workbench 
screen, such as Prefs 
and Utilities which 
have drawer icons, 
but there will be a 
number of directories 




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you'll never have seen before. Ttice .are Uie 

system directories, and they are the heart of 
your Workbench disk. 

Thefive directories you should lake most 
role of are C, DEVS, L, Ll&S, and S. These 
are usually wriltfifi with a colon (C, DEVSl, 
and so on} because if they are on the (fisk 
you booted from, the Amiga automatically 
designates them, as "logical devices*. 

A logic*! device is treated a bit like a 
floppy drive in that you can go to it no mat- 
ter which directory you are in. For example, 
if you are in. the Utilities/TooK/Vlrus_Killers 
directory, you wouldn't have to type: 




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You'd just type: 



as the Amiga knows that S: means the S 
directory on the system disk. The same goes 
for DEVS, L, LIBS, and C. 

Why are the system directories so impor- 
tant? Well, without at least an S: directory, 
an AmigaDOS disk would never boot up, 
and without the others it would be able to 
do precious little once it had. Let J s go 
through them one at a time, using LIST and 
the directory name to call up a list of the 
files they contain. 

The C; directory contains most of the 
commands you use to control the Amiga, It 
is where DIR arid LIST reside, and it is the 
first place the Amiga toots for a command 
when you type it in through the Shell, C; 
doesn't contain anything more mysterious 
than this, but by its nature it is probably the 
most important and heavily used directory 



Handy tips 

Try opening Shell and typing: 



This command wifi tell you what disks are presently in your 
drfve(s),. how much space ihere Is leu on them, and what 
read Wine errors- they have, if any. A nice easy way of checking 
your disks lor data storage room. 

Vou can avoid a lot of clicking and waiting il you use the 
"Leave Out" option on the icons window (Workbench 2.0-1 
only). Just click on Ihe icon, select Leave Out, and the icon will 
appear on your Workbench sown every time you boot up the 
disk 

This saives a great deal ol opening directories and i 
useful if you have certain proj . run all the lime. 

This month's commands 

|ust one this month, but one of the most important LIST will 
give you the contents of every lile in a particular directory, 
including its sfce, protection flags, and daiestamp, To see a list 
of all the files h a disk, you would us* the ALL option. Try typ- 



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The DEVSl directory serves several func- 
tions, The First time it: is used in a boat up is 
when the Amiga looks. In It lot & small file 
called "system-configuration". This is a small 
(232 bytes) file containing information on 
the palette, pointer shape, and other infor- 
mation set in the preferences section, If you 
ewer need to copy me preferences settings 
across from one disk to another, this is the 
file you'd transfer. 

Next, DEVS: usually contains two sub- 
directories called "Printers" and "Keymaps*. 
The Printers directory contains any printer 
drivers which will be 
made available to pro- 
grams running under 
Workbench, and the 
Keymaps directory 
contains special maps 
of the keyboard which 
can be used to enable 
character sets such as 
Norwegian. 
Finally, there are a 
number ol tiles with 
the suffix ".device". 
These are important 
files which control 
access to the various 
Amiga "devices" such 
as the printer.device. 
For example, if 
I printer. device was 
not present, no 
AmigaDOS program 
would be able to use 
your printer. 
Our nest stop Is in 
the I: directory. Here 
you will find "device 
handlers." which com- 
plement many ol the 
devices already con- 



tained in DEVS;, plus a few specific system 

files, The most commonly found file in the 
L directory is the disk-validator 

As its name suggests, (his file will look at 
a disk when it is inserted in a drive and val- 
idate it for writing. You'll also find the port- 
handler, which handles traffic to and from 
the serial and parallel printer parts, and the 
RAM-handler, without which there would 
be no RAM disk, 

The UBSl directory is a bit of a monster, 
Central to the Amiga's multitasking nature- 
is its ability to allow several programs to 
use a system resource at the same time, 
libraries are the most important players in 
this task sharing game, and the UBS: direc- 
tory contains all those not built in to the 
Kickstart ROM, Info.library, for instance, is 
the library routine which calls up the ken 
information panel on your Workbench 
screen. 

Last, and by no means least, the S; 
directory is where it all starts. When an 
AmigaEK)5 disk is boated up, the Amiga 
will check the boot block to make sure you 
have inserted an Amiga disk, then look m 
D£V$: for your preferences settings (in the 
system<onfiguratk>n file), 

It will then go to the S: directory in 
search of a file called "startup-sequence". 
This file is just a text file containing a list of 
AmigaDOS commands which are e.xe- 

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cuted one after another until boot-up is 
complete. 

Similar to startup-sequence is a file called 
"Shell-startup", which contains a list of 
commands to be executed whenever you 
open a new Shell window. If, for example, 
you wanted the Shell to open with RAM: as 
the current directory, yOu'd include the 
command: 

Cl HU: 

just before the end of the We. 

Depending on which programs you 

install on your disk, 5: will also contain spe- 
cific startup sequences, configuration files, 
and so on, but you needn't worry about 
these as most programs install their own 
special filet automaticaliy. 

So much for the system drawers. Vou 
won't know how best to manipulate the 
contents of these directories at the moment, 
but I always feel more comfortable with a 
piece of machinery if I've got an idea what's 
going on inside it, and the Amiga is no 
exception. 

Try to remember what these drawers are 
and retain a general idea of their contents, 
and you will be more able to cope when the 
Amiga next pops its dogs for some reason. 

For example, if you inserted a disk and it 
stopped half way through its boot up with 
the comment "Unknown command SET- 
PATCH", you'd know that the SETPATCH 
command wasn't in the C: directory where 
it should be. 

It you tried to print a document and the 
Amiga said "can't op*n printer.device", you 
could confidently copy printer,devke from 
the DEVS directory of your Workbench disk 
to the disk you were working from, 

On the other hand, if all you gol was a 
prompt and the disk seemed to make no 
effort at booting up, you'd immediately 
think to look in its S: directory to check if 
there was. a startup-sequence. 



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This has been a fairly sweeping introduc- 
tion to Amiga CK)S and the structure of a 
Workbench disk (or any other AmigaDOS 
disk which auto-bools). However, you 
should by now have a reasonable apprecia- 
tion of the complexity of the subject we're 
diving into, and will be better armed to 
approach an Amiga which is running some- 
thing other than a game, 

As the series goes on, we'll build from 
this foundation to explain more fully the 
workings of the Amiga, but for now play 
around with your copy of Workbench until 
you feel thoroughly comfortable with its 
structure and contents. 

Next month, well lock at how to con- 
struct an auto-booting system disk from the 
ground up. If you need some extra guid- 
ance, I would recommend Bruce Smith and 
Mark Smidoys Mustering AmigaDOS, which 
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A game of 

two 'alves, 

Brian 

Not only have Domark got the 
rather succulent Shactpwlandj 
up their eoiltcuve fleewi, but 
they've alio got a footy man- 
agement game ready for kicrt 
off, 

Yeh, I know footy manage- 
ment garnet are about at 
trendy at Abba, but this one 
looks like it could have every- 
thing a budding footy fanatic 
could ever need. 

The result of seven yean' 
hard flog by a hardy bunch of 
die hard footy fans, it should 
be the definitive footy strat- 
egy game, it should be ready 
for a March release, price TBA, 




Love and 

peace 
platform 

romp 

Poof old Harlequin. His normally 
sweet: and sKfclv existence has been 
all chcmdered up by sditie evil 
bloke. So he Jeaps from platform to 
platform and shoots the baddies 
with love hearts. Aaaaah. 

This time the platform action 
comes from Gremlin, whose 
videoKid fared fairly well against 
the EHffster thrs month, and I ve got 
an inkling that triis might follow 
suit. 

We're toW that it should be out 
by the trme you read this, and 
shodd cost you nowt more than 
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Wolf in space? 

Ocean certainly aren't going to be Hacking after 
their highly successful Christmas run, with WWF. 
i?DboCdp 1 and The Simpsons holding the top three 
places in the charts over the merry yule-tide period, 
They're already limbering up to spring Space (run 

on you, the ever-ador- 
ing i oft ware buying 
public, It's a conver- 
sion of Taito'i hit 
coin-op, and for those 
who've been unfortu- 
nate enough to have 
missed it, it's best 




described as Opera- 
tion Wolf with an 
Aliens scenario, 
And rather good it 
is too. 

It s being con- ^ 
verted by the same 
team who cruelly inflicted Beast Busters on ui last 
year. Luckily, Space Gun plays a lot better than 
Beast Busters, at least if early demo versions an 
anything to go by. It's faster and smoother, and the 
whole thing looks a lot more slick, 

There are plenty of gruesome e«ptoding aliens, 
and some quite nifty extra weapons to boot. It all 
looks quite nice and it shouid he coming to earth 
within a month or two, at the usual £25,99, 



The heat 
is on 

Cat your minds Back, Way, way back. 
Do you remember an arcade machine 
called Super Sprint? More to the 
point, do you remember the home 
computer vers»n by Attivisiofl? Crap, 
wasn't it? 

Mow came forward a tit to only a 
wee white ago. Do you remember an 
arcade machine called Iran iron Man- 
Stewart's Super Off-Road fiacer? Let's 
face It wrth a name like that you'd be 
hard pushed to forget it And do you 
remember the home computer ver- 
sion? That was a bit crap as well, 
wasn't ir? 

Well, let's hope it's third time fcjclry 



for Storm, who've managed to get 
hold erf Indy HeaL the sequel to Ivan 
Iron Man" Stewart's Super Off-Road 
Racer. I think you'll .agree that Indy 
Heat is a much snappier title than Ivan 
"Iron Man' Stewart's Super Off Road 
Rarer 2. 

Like its two predecessors, it's a driv- 
ing game where you control a really 
tiny car which zips around, a track 
smashing into ather cars at the pr Dd of 
a joysntk. Hopefully, it sharkl be a lot 
better than those that went before it, 
as well. Biffs pfaymg the demo even as 
I write, and his verdict is that it's 
"alright". 

Indy Heat's three-player action, 
sponsored by some bktfe (ailed Danny 
Sullivan, comes out at the end of 
February and should cost a paltry 
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Motorbikes and violence at Palace? 



Fergie ami Di in Hell": Angel street fight scandal? Sadly not, 
it's mereJy a sensationalist headline to Jink into Palace Soft 
war e's two forthcoming nuggets of glee. 

First of all let's deal with Bat Kuhber , Yes, yes, OK so it's a 
title thai just begs for hundreds of fnarrs and Dooaers and 
other such childish gibbering*, but I'd Wke to think (hat we're 
above that sort of humour. 

So, Hot Rubber |friaaaaaarr, oDooooeer, blimey missusl/, is 
a motorbike racing cjame. We can't teli you what it piays like, 
even though Palace did try and influence us with a rather 
fruity publicity picture, but It looks a bit or alright, The game 
that is. Pervs. 

It'll feature a two-player mode, 1 2 international circuits 
and ali the usual gubtans that you'd associate with a motor- 
bike racing game. Should be worth a took. And sfajhtly less 



prominent in the innuendo stakes is the rather more sensibfy 
tided Hostile Breed. A shoot-'emnip with a difference, or so 
Palace would have us believe. 

Vau hop into your eponymous little spaceshrp and have to 
prevent aliens from infesting a space station. Fhe difference rs 
that there are no naturally progressing levels. You've got free 
run of the station and it's up to you to get to where the 
action is and make best use of the inbuilt defences and a 
team of robots. 

This little nougatty twist of strategy should give Hostile 
Breed a line bit more lastabilrty than your average Waster, so 
we'll be looking forward to that then. 

Hot fluboer [fnaagsar, ooooooer, kyaJt kyak, waheeeyff 
will cost £25.99. Hostile Breed hasn't got a fixed price yet, 
but they both should t* out sometime in March. 



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A good Rogering 

Jus too late ta be reviewed in thfs ish, Infogrames sent us 
•* nrst arcade garde from their Dtsney licence deal. Hare 
ta&ng Havoc is, fjefteve it or not. Cased on the exploits of 
one Mr Roger Rabbit. Wo Bob Hoskins though 

You control the eponymous long-eared buffoon and 
' ;.. ie 'hi ihrough several Stap^ of | "inl"i ^IH ify cap 
con action to return Baby Herman to the house before 
tfammy gets home. 

The graphs and sound are truly incredible, absolutely 
Mowing the poop out of the Don Bluth stuff. Unfortu- 
nately, the price yog pay for this is that it will onty ruh off a 
hard diwe. p/eferrabty with more than two megabytes. A 
■ of a bfow lor those of you who are still floppy, but for 
•* richer among you ft should be one to show off lo your 
■Met 

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Godfather, a cinematic epic, 
ii brought to your home 
computer screen by US 
Gold and the letters "D" and V. Only 
being a mete youngster of 17, I 
haven't 3£tua% seen any of the Godfa- 
ther ma vies except a few bits Of the 
first one that was on TV a while ago, 

All I can remember were the gory 
bits like the horse's-head-m-the-bed 
scene and people being blown to 
pieces. All the rest was .boring for me, 
as it involved Marion Brando mumbling 

a lot 

However, what with the Gamer 
office being a certain .Aladdin's cave of 
all things worth blowing, r can tap in 
to our wondrous spring of knowledge 
and fill you in, aj they say. The Godfa- 
ther films {for there are three) are 
about the rfSf to power of the Cor- 
leone family through the Mafia 
between 1903 and 1979 - an epic 
saga of love, honour, justice and death 
[Gosh how dramatic - Ed|. 

Godfather I begins in 1945 at the 
marriage of Vito's daughter. Vito is 
Don Corfeone, the head of one of New 
YorJi's ruling Mafia families, and his 
three sans are also involved in (he fam- 
ily "business". 

When Don Vfto is critically wounded 
in a brutal assassination attempt follow- 
ing the death of his eldest son, Don 
Vrto's third son Michael Corleone 
becomes more promrnent rn prepara- 
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successor, and the film ends in 1955 
with Michael as the new Godfather. 

Godfather 2 starts with Michael, the 
new Don Corleone. moving rite family 
business to Nevada. They have 
expanded into hotels and casinos, and 
the family Jive in a huge mansion by 
Late Tahoe. 

But all is not well. Michael's marriage 
is farting and his disloyal tstother Fredo 
is persuaded to become involved in a 
plot to assassinate him. Mama Corfeone 
dies at the family home bringing the 
remaining family members closer 
together. 

The naughty traitor Fredo returns to 
the home, but he's a bit late. Michael 
cannot forgive his terrible brother, goes 
a bit wibtfe and kills him. 

In the third and final 1 part of the 
saga, which begins in New York in 
1 979, Michael is striving to legitimise all 
his business operations, becoming 
involved in real estate, banking and 
Wail Street. 

He is then honoured by the Catholk 
church with the order of St Sebastian... 
Hold on a second, I thought the Godfa- 
ther was about the Mafia who wander 
the streets killing, pilfering and" gener- 
ally being a bit hardl What went 
wrong? Oh well. I suppose I'd better 
cany on. 

To complicate the plot slightly, you 
meet Vincent Mancini, the illegitimate 
son of Michael's brother Sonny, and 
urged by his sistet Connie, Michael 
invites Vincent to observe the way the 
family business is conducted, Michael 



must determine whether the hot 
Vincent is able to adapt to the 
mate world of business. The di 
they both share is whether they a 
succeed in leaving behind the vtotm 
of their past. 

T h ? big questjon now is - how 
US Gold make a brill computer gat 
out of an epic saga of films that spi 
80 years? Oh come on, it's easy - yd 
make a five level scrolty sfjoot-'errmp / 
terrlTic interactive adventure/actJ 
game might be a better idea, but thaj 
you go. You've got a shoot-'em-up vi 
you're fTippih well gang to like it. 

The first thing that hits you in n 
face like it big, slimy, seaweedcdverd 
fish is the graphics. Corrrr. well s»| 
breathtaking, fantastic and erm. thai 
it 

The intra is very good indeed am 
contains spinning newspapers witl 
headlines about the Mafia. You ail 
then treated to a wonderful parall 
scrolling view of New York - qui 
mega. 

What about the game? Well the be 
way f can describe it is as a Robocq 
(Che first one| done with utterly brillian 
graphics. 

You play whichever character nap 
pens to be Don Corleone in each tim 
period, and your mission is fairly sift 
pie. All you have to do a blow the era, 
out of anyone who seems dangerou 
which is, just about everyone. The onl 
people you can't hit are the passers*] 
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ten it/s game over. 

The game has a sort of 3D view 
»wh lamp-posts and other objects very 
rtese up to screen, giving it depth. In 
••wry thrs sounds excellent, but in 
practice it doesn't wor* at all. 

For instance, you have Four people 
shooting at you. their billets are 
merely white speckles, and then sud 
aenfy you are hidden from view by a 
lamp-post and consequently get shot 
la bits. 

You can get energy back from fint- 
*d kits which lie dotted around the 
itreen but they only give you a tiny, 
iny. Bny (and I mean nny( hit Tnere 
*? other icons too, but I haven't a clue 
•♦at they are. Thus is all thanks to the 
tow quality manual. To be honest, the 
actual instructions it contains could 
have been written on the back of a 
aamp. 

Ydu wander the streets until you 
: up with ^ rogue with a machine 
gun. By (he time you reach this point 
you've- hardly any energy left and he 
just tends to blow you away. He soaks 
up bullets like there's no tomorrow, but 
when you have shot him enough times 
he buggers off. To say the Godfather is 
had is the biggest understatement of 
8he century. Blimey, when Garnet 
bully managed to get off level one 



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Dan tafcei |a the jWei - well. Hie root, anyway 

and reached the supposedly ace Opera- 
tion WoJMype sub-game, we found out 
that you* energy level stays the same 
and thus immediately died. To say we 
were most miffed is the second biggest 
understatement of the century. 

On the sound front there is a suit- 
able tune at the beginning with ade- 
quate sound effects in the game. A nice 
tOLich <s bodies that stay where they are 
in a pool of blood instead of disappear- 
ing in a puff of smoke, meaning that if 
you are quite good you can gather a 
nice collection. 

The scrolling is dodgy to say the 
least, and suffers from jerky syndrome, 
and as the game comes on six disks, 
you have to keep swapping them 



almost constantly - even in the middle 
of playing! 

I suppose that if you're a die hard 
shoot-' em-up freak then Godfather 
might interest you, but for me it's below 
average, apart from the graphics which 
are some of the best I've seen for a long 
time. It's one of those games which ymi 
see at a friend's house and then laugh 
at them for buying IL 

I was really disappointed because US 
Gold make some truly cradling games 
ftdke Another World for instance). 
Unfortunately, Godfather is about to 
take a dive into the swamp of Crap 
and film licences. I think I'll end 



review with a Star Test-type thing 
Smarmy Computer: 'Choose some 
words to describe the Godfather, " Me' 
"Errr. repetitious, jerky, crap and the 
graphics ane really quite smart.' 

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F~ airly familiar tem'tory this DnE. 
rm afraid. Cute Platform Game 
Syndrome. Probably terming!. 
No known cure, Tragic, Esther Rantzen's 
setting up a terrihly sincere Telethon to 
raise money for it as we speak. Difficult 
times. difficult times 

It's the same old story. Long ago 
in a colourful and flurry land lived a 
wise and just king. The King spent his 
days walking through the Forests and 
talking to rabbits and deer. And at 
night he'd listen to ■cheeky Paul I 
McCartney records and ring up all he 
toyal subjects on the telephone and 
ted them they were very special little 
people and he loved them an as individ- 
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He was, to be honest, a right ponce- 
He ado had two ions. Twins actually. 
And they were pretty ■Mega" too. Hence 
the name. I S'pose.. 

Anyway, some big evil monster some 
where decided that ifd had enough of 
all this poncing about and listening to 
Paul McCartney records and set about 
ravaging and pillaging, left, right and 
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McCartney records got smashed. So It 
wasn't all bad. 

But as if by some blindsng stroke of 
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two managed to dodge all (hat lire and 
brimstone is qurte beyond me. but sur- 
vive iney did and (hey 
grew up to become 
fearsome warriors - 
while retaining that 
all-important cutencss. 
of course. 

And sd. with spiri- 
tual guidance from 
that now familiar over- 



endowed platform game goddess, tfiey 
set off through various worlds to restore 
peace, justice and the original recording 
of Mull of Kintyre to the land. Thank 
God for that, eh? 

I don't think I'd be sticking my neck 
out too far by saying that Mega Twins 
owes quite a lot to games like Mario 
Brothers, Rodland. New Zealand Story 
and thousands of other cutesy platform 
ramps, it's not qurte what you'd call a 
wildly original concept, but Ver Twins 
manage to do all the old tncks with a 
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The first three 
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quest for some magic items to beat the 
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wtikh terrain you're on. 

m the sea you are susceptible to i 
rents. In the air you have to keep prod- 1 
dmg trp to keep airborne, and on the 
ground, well, things are as you'd 
expect. It's only a little thing but it helps | 
to grve Mega Twins that Jittfe bit extra. 
Once all three magic rten 

are in your cute clutches, they uni 
to become some mystical dragon I 
thingy. Doesn't really seem to make 

much difference, but it does mean 

that you've made it to the monsters 

larr. Spooky, or what? Things get a Jot 

harder from here on, as the mon 

seers lob everything they've got at 

you and your jwin. And that's it. Ai least 

as far as I can get. 

The graphics are standard Tor this 
sort of game, fw know the sort of 
thing - cute heroes, weird, wonderful 
enemies and colourful cartoony back' 
grounds. Hikfden bonuses abound and 
extra weapons are there for the taking. 
Seen it before, and I've probably seen it 
done better as well, but Mega Twins & 
inoffensive enough. 

■Unoriginal, untaxing and un-some- 

thing else, but still good enough to 

spend any spare cash on. Worth a look 

rf you've nothing better on. 

Daniel 




THE COMPUTER GAMES 
OLYMPIAD 1 992 



T IS IT? For the first time in this country a National 
Computer Games Competition encompassing all your favourite 
games and the chance to rtrin the coveted Cornpuier Games 
Champion Award for your category. 

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU WIN? Prizes will be awarded for 

style, gameplay and high scores as well as tor positioning within 
each category. Prizes will be given both at regional and final 
levels and will include International Holidays including trips lo 
Disneyworld, £10,000 Cash Prizes. Computers and 
Computer Games. Each entrant will also be given a 
—certificate ol attendance staling their position gained and t 

verall rating given by (he adjudicators. Due to our unique system al 

£.500 people will be winners' 

RE tS IT? As much as possible we have tried to keep irevel dowr. 

mm. Qr\ the right is a list of 40 towns which will all have regional heats. 

Any other towns or areas that have a large registration 

_ count will also be included in (he regional heats. The final 
London at Wembley on the 25th September 1992. 



WHEN IS IT? Regional Heals and Finals will be he 
between May and August in the evenings and on weekend 
The Finals will be held In September. Final Venue dates w. 
be furnished on May 4th, 3 days after the final registration 
date. 




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YOU ENTER? Easy, just fill in your registration card below and send it with your 
ration fee to the Olympiad Committee at the address below before the final registraiion dale 

1st, On receipt of your application all your details will be placed inlo our,-^— ,-__;, . 

setition database and your entrance number and ticket will be despatched lo * ', 



be sent confirmaiion ol the date of your local regional heat and the 



WHICH CATEGORY WILL YOU BE IN? Categories will be by 
computer type. age. gender and game type. 



JRMEBRDND 



MOW WILL THE COMPETITION WORK? Prior lo the competition starting al 

-sch venue, time will be allotted to each entrant to practice. For maximum' 
enjoyment, each round will include competing both against other competitors as well as the 
oompuler itself. All entranis are guaranteed al leasi 20 mins gameplay. Adjudicators will be giving 
points for combai siyle and sportsmanship. Each region will produce 20-25 winners to go on 
to the finals. 

ARE* THERE ANY LIMITATIONS TO ENTRANCE? Yes There will be a 

maximum of 10.000 competitors, and as we expect a good demand, we advise that 

■rs send in their registrations as quickly as possible. The minimum age 

tlrants is 13. 

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION? Cat) efflier of the 

. ' registration hotlines lor more details. 

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if either time slot is acceptable) 

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£10 made payable to Barclay Computer Services Ltd. in 
respect of the registration fee with the Olympiad Committee 
for the Computer Games Olympiad 1992. 

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The dangers of dodgy wiring explored in. 



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ever mess about with 
nature, trial's what I say II 
jutt isn't safe to fiddle 
about with atoms and stuff like that. I 
mean, alf manner of horrendous (flings 
could tie created, Big Macs for 
instance Or it rouW be even wars*. 

You might create a crbss-dimen- 
sionaf time-Apace continuum JoephcJe 
and find yourself being simultaneously 
hurled into an alien environment. Well, 
maybe that's not quite as bad as a Big 
Mat. but it's not the sort of occurrence 
that you look forward to. Jutt am 
Lester ChayKin 

Yeh, yeh OK so he's got a really crap 
name, but he does happen to be one 
of the bestest quantum physicists in the 
whote wide world, So nobody laughs 



at hfc name. At least, net to his face. 
Anyway, one night our Les is working 
late in his lab, fiddling with neutrons 
and things. The nature of his experi- 
ment Is never revealed, bur it seems to 
revolve around making a crackly light- 
ning thing zoom around a tunnel over 
and over again. 

Quite what Les hopes tD prove with 
this I'm not sure, nut f feet it's dead 
clever, whatever it is. 

As you tan probably guess, things 
don't go as planned tonight. Pretty 
obvious that. Wouldn't be much of a 
game if all you had to do was watch a 
lightning thing 200m around a tunnel, 
have a cuppa and then sod off home 
to watch Prisoner Cell Bloc* H. 

So, things go bonkers. A storm 



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world by hii own experiment, A bi-producr of 

GI.hu Industries, he cant help but rarw a (Mil* 

when hr J*« a spirit Jewel but he findi cMvh too 

complex to handle, When (Qrnrrrd he oscillates at 

a high frequency to warn jhipj Jway. 





Lct'4 alien CCWanjle doeirft have a name, 10 
I've railed him Spud, He krww* the alleni 
defences inside out, 10 if you're to eroppc 
yon II nerd to keep hit back covered In fire 
fights. On, and he fays "MaPnoairMsab _ 1 
love int. 



The alien hunter lavei you from the rooniiir. 

but then captures you far the slave miner. The 

aliens know how 14 man* belt use of the 

□fasten, and they often uie very advanced 

weaponry. tfefy dangerous, hut you II have fo 

face them if you want 10 escape this world. 

And they're ugly. 





Tim big beastie lives en the plains where yov 
find yeurJVli' It the Start If you tan keep out of 
his reach for Jong enough, you II be r*KUC4 by 

this chappie... 




cocks up the experiment and the light- 
ning thing bursts out of the tunnef into 
the lab, zapprng a large portion of it 
into nothingness. And guess which bit 
of the lab Les was sat in? Yup. he gets 
zapped as well. Zapped into, amazingly 
enough, Mother World. 

Quite handy actually. 'COS if he'd 
been zapped into a supermarket then 
the game would be called Tesco ar Mor- 
risons. Not got quite the same ring has 
it?5o "Another World" it is. 

After watching the aforementioned 
events in the opening animation, you 



now take control of Les's destiny, 
finds hrmseff still sat at his desk, but i 
now sinking to the bottom erf a 
and very spooky alien lake. SensiW^ 
enough, you swim up to the top and 
start to explore your new habitat. 

The first thing you encounter in #■ 
barren desert world are some worn 
things that look extremely like, ahemi 
number twos. But these are numoejl 
twos with attitude, 'cos if you run into! 
them [heyil stab you with their pot| 
sonous sting. So you've got tD squjL- 
them. 

Once you've got nd of them, you joej 
atong a bit and are suddenly pounced] 
on by this great big black monster. 




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wart money- says mat it's not friendly. 
10 legging it u the answer. 

A M of exciting chase-type action 
and you're rescued by some tal, 
spooky alien hlokes. And they promptly 
tfioot you and send you to their slave 
«nei. To tell you any more than that 
would spoil the story for you. so I'll 
Sop right mere. 

Escape is Ghe aim of (tie game, and 
10 help you on your way you've got 
fternaJ gratitude of one of the 
slaves who you rescue, and a stoJen 
twster. And on trie downside, you've 
got a whoJe race of alien Hunters at 
your heels and a multitude of tricky 
puzzles to get past, Still, you've got to 



laugh, 

Another World comes from Delphine 
Software, who also brought us the 
exceptionally scrumptious Cruise for a 
Corpse, so you can guess what it looks 
like. Except you don't have En because 
we've generously supplied you with 
streenshots 

And yes, it does look good doesn't 
it? Not much (fetal ■granted, but the 
animation's a treat. Ifs to the game's 
credft that it's hard to tell where the 
inrro stops and the game stats. It really 
is that impressive. 

However, unlike Delphine's last offer- 
ing, this is a much more arcade-orien- 
tated game. Very, very similar to the 
much lauded Prince of Persia actually. 

But whereas Prince of Persia fea- 
tured tevel after level of essentially the 
same thing. Another World has a plot 



that develops as you get further in, and 
Joads more variety, There are also 
shades of Space Ace, with its consecu- 
tive scenes to be solved, but luckily 
none of the associated piayability prob- 
lems, 'cos Space Ace was really crap. 

There's no tune unfortunately, but 
the FX are excellent and coupled with 
the smooth animation create a very crr> 
ematic feel to the game, The laser blasts 
are especially good, as are the crunchy 
noises as things get disintegrated. My 
favourite, though, just has to be when 
the slave you rescue thanks you with a 
hearty "Mahtoombaff, whatever that 
means. I suppose it's the thought that 
counts though. 

It is fairly difficult, but thankfully 
there's a sensible password system. 
Each separate scene in the game has a 
four letter password, so you don't have 

Keep the guard; at 
bay while Spud 
httitti th# Soot 
rede, or you'll end 
upas toasl! 



to ptay the whale thing each sme you 
toad it jl: ?'.'■■: although y^o or«y haw 
one Irfe. rf you lose ft you only go back 
to Ihe start of the current scene. 

This means that simpJe trial and 
error will get you a good way into the 
game., without it being too easy- 
Great presentation, complementary 
sound effects and captivating cinema- 
styfe garwplay - what more is there to 
say? If you found Cruise for a Corpse 
too cerebral to get to grips with, then 

get your hands on this. A barnstormer 

Daniel 












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illy was just an ordinary 
everyday kid who loved 
1 to watch television- One 
day, his father brought home a 
brand new video recorder -and 
some vidi. Billy settled down to 
watch one, but found it was full of 



As you might guess, you take 
on the role of Billy, Now I've led 
you to believe that Billy is a nor- 
mal, everyday kid. Well I lied- To 
start with, he looks like a human 
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hack by the blast Billy found him- 
self drawn in. 

He felt himself being 
sucked down endless 
tubes, tiny particles of ^S 
light searing through his V 
body. Then, as suddenly 
as it had started, It-/* / 



smoke began to clear. 
Looking down, Billy 
realised that he was dressed as a 
magician, 

A mysterious voice boomed 
from above, "6 Illy, you are now 
trapped- You must find your way 
through the mares and worlds J 
have created for you. 

The/p lire five worlds to battfe 
through, each with evil monsters 
and haiardi to impede you. 
Should you succeed, you will be 
free to return to your normal life, 
But should you fail... 

Now an this being sucked into 
your dad's video business might 
seem a bit far-fetched, but It's a 
damn good Idea for a five level 
shoot- em-up. 



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end -of-level baddies - in f 
they're pretty much essential. 

You start In Medieval 
'-^* *~ World, and as you might 
i guess it is set inside one 
of those rather ace 
ancient castles - with 
some rather deadly resi- 
dents. Knights, gargoyles 
and ghostly monks will 
try to stop Billy from 
ever leaving. Not only ate your 
enemies against you, hut the cas- 
tle will fry and step you by crush- 
ing you with a portcullis or by 
throwing some spears- 
After battling through these 
hazards you will reach the end-of- 
level baddie which in the case of 
Medieval World is a huge owl. 
This powerful beast hoots at you, 
causing you to lose some of that 
precious energy. Using a mixture 
of smart bombs and sheer brav- 
ery, you destroy the evil owl and 
progress to the next level- 
It's time to shout "ride em, 
cowboy , because you're trans- 
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nateif by cowboys and two by same- Blast the flying spaceships 
Indians. Onlv armed with his in Science Fiction World. Hill tin 



is spirt into four parts - two domi- 
nated by cowboys and two by 
Indians, Only armed with his 
"six-shooter", Billy takes on the 
might of dynamite-wielding John 
Wayne look-alikes and axe-possess- 
ing Indians. 
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gangsters in Gangster World and 
then fight your way through mon- 
sters, skeletons and bats in Mon- 
ster World. 

Finish these levels and you J I go 
on to face your biggest foe. I 
haven't a clue who or what It 
might be - I'm good, but not that 
good- 
Video Kid mixes old ideas with 
new. It s got all the old shoot- em- 
up favourites like power-ups and 
en d-o Newel baddies, but gives you 
enough variation to keep you 
Interested- The difficulty level is 
set just right so you progress each 
time you play it. The graphics, as 
you car> see from the screenshots, 
are excellent. 

On the sound front, there is a 
jolly tune at the beginning and 
plenty of FX throughout the game 
to keep the gamesplayer enter- 
tained aurally as well at visually. 
fo, although Video Kid is not 
going to set the software 

Industry alight, it's 

nonetheless an extremely 

well written and playable 

game. Mainly because 

every level is graphically 

different from the last, it II 

keep you playing for a long time 

to come, 

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Something's been bothenng me 
now for. oon. four or five sec- 
onds at Jeast- Why is it, I've 
wondering to myself, mat when- 
the baddies in arcade adventures 
i hold of whatever powerful item all 
■ goodies are after. they always split it 
a several pieces and hide them? 
Where's the logic in that? It'd make 
T»ngs a tot easier far them if they just 
« itie sought-after object and blew rt 
pi or melded H or blasted rt into space. 
'~?; way the goodies would never 
*m a chance of winning. Brilliant, eh? 
Except that way, all arcade adven- 
UH would he very, very, very difffcuit 
ndwd. Unless you got to play the Dad- 
4e flhat is. In fact, that's not a bad idea 
it? An arcade adventure where you 
9* to play the forces erf evil, rather than 
ffe norma* namby-pamby good guys. 

And could Loritfel have released such 
• game in the guise of Garden Eagle? 
•W It's just another arcade adventure 
" "::.' pieces o) some statue ro Until 
Mad you going for a bit though, didn't 
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yet light years away...' begins the man- 
ual in a rather distressingly 
self-contradictory way. It 
then goes on to tell the 
familiar tale of one 
man rising up to 
right wrongs and 
free the oppress- 
ed from the nasty 
alien blokes, sim- 
ply by collecting 
four pieces of the ail- 
powerful and really 
rather shiny Golden 
Eagle statuette. 

Once alJ four pieces are 
collected, the 
world wilf be a 
happy place and all that was 
wrong will become right. 
What a handy little stat- 
uette that must be, eh? 

You take the role erf this saviour, nat- 
urally, and must roam about the huge 
compie* that makes up (he city where 
this game takes place. You can log on 
to the city's computer termrnals and use 





them to help you in your quest. The 
mutants, who obviously Jive under 
the city, will use these terminals to 
contact you with 
instructions as to 
what you should 
do. Quite nice of 
them. J thought. 
And so you 
start to trundJe 
around the vast, 
and largely dull, 
city shooting guards 
and, we 'i that's all 
you actually seem to do. 
Lots of running from 

screen tD screen. 

^^^ firing your gun 
and getting captured seems 
tD be the name or the game 
here, And when you are 
captured the guards, in 
their doubtlessly infinite 
wisdom decide to dump you at the start 
of the corridor they caught you on or in 
a jai from which its phenomenally easy 
tD escape. Clever reflas or what? 

The game blurb promises animation 
better than Prince of Persia, and wfirle 
that may very well be true, it doesn't 
stop the game from berng completely 
boring. The main character looks very 
convincing as he whips Dut his weapon 
| ma-rr J and prepares to kick bum, but 
there's nothing more to do than Peg it 
around and shoot the odd guard or 
two. After a while you'd gtedly sacrifice 
aJI the swrsh animation just to get some- 
thing interesting to do. 

Basically, it's a tired format and the 
supposedly amazing animation Isn't 
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better to ioc* at and a damn sight more 
exciting to boot. 

The sound rs average, and the game- 
play is dull beyond belief. What this sort 
of game needs is a new twist in the 
gamepJay. not fancy graphics. Buy at 
your pert 

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As you have probably sur- 
mised from the screen- 
shots. Abandoned Places is 
vary Dungeon Mastery indeed There, 
I've »id ir, the obligatory comparison 
that always arises when (his type of 
game is released. Now I refuse to do it 
any morel 

Jo just how does Abandoned Places 
shape up to all the other contenders ? 
Welf. it shapes up rather nicely 
indeedy. 

Apparently, the world of Kalynthia is 
in a bit of bower. The Prince of Evil, 
Bronagh. has escaped from his 
enchanted Imprisonment withm a vol- 
cano and is intent on spreading evil 
throughout the land again. These 
Usurper type, never learn, do they? 

However,. Bronagh's return was 
foreseen at trie time of firs demise and 
the 12 heroes who were instrumental 
in messing up his plans of chaos were 
cast in stone to preserve their powers, 
ready to do baude with Brcnagh Dnce 
again. 1 don't know about you, but if 1 
had 1 just spent tong. perilous years of 
my life clearing the worM of evil, toeing 
cast in stone would not toe high on my 
list of rewards! 

As might be expected, you control 
four characters from a choice of the 12 
heroes, but your party must consist of 
two Warriors, a Cleric and a Mage. 
Once chosen, you find yourself 
beneath the tempfe of Heaven's light 



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and your first task 6 to reach the sur- 
face, picking up weapons on your 
way, 

This part of the game is in the famil- 
iar 3D first-person perspective, as 
found in DM |:wgghhl I've done H 
againf I must control this comparison 
urge. I knowl 171 get a drink from the 
office coffee machine, put the cup in 
front erf me, then every time I make a 
comparison, I'll force myself to drink it 
Wow that's what I call the ultimate 



deterrent!] . Mow, where was I? Oh yes, 
the 3D first-person perspective (glances 
nervousty at alien substance trying to 
eat its way out of a nearby cup|. 

This display consists of the actual 
view of your surroundings, and four 
portraits - one of each character. 

These portrait! show strength points, 
spell/action points, the character's direc- 
tion of attack, what the character is 
holding, a spell selection window, 
movement icons, a message window 



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and a detailed display of a selected 
character and his/her possessions. 

As you explore, you will come across 
all manner of monstrous manifesta- 
tions, and you will have to do battle 
with them sooner or .later. This is where 
the speSs come into their own. 

The two magic users. Cleric and 
Mage, have a maximum of 2 f spells to 
choose from. Each character has a 
unique list of spells, making a total Df 
42 individual spells within the game. 
My favourite spell is Death Breath, or 
Vindafoo Vengeance, as I like to cafl it 

The two warriors, having no spell 
casting abilities, must rely on weapons 
found or bought during the game to 
fend off the rends during their (ravefs. 

Unlike Dungeon Mas.... Gulp! I 
nearly slipped up again there [glances 
at the worrying sight of a mutated- 
beyond-r-ecognition coffee cup|. What I 
meant to say was... once you reach the 
surface, the perspective changes to an 
overhead view of the land with the 
party position displayed as a marker 
icon. 

The' v»ew is quite detailed, snowing 
various cities, villages, snowcapped 
mountains, swamps, rivers, roads, 
deserts and vegetation. The different 
types of terrain also affect your speed of 



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attacked, so keeping to a trail is safer 

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I« woods is downright dangerous. 

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onscreen, ranging from storm clouds 
to passing ships and flowing rivers. The 
actual map is larger Lhan the 
screen and as you travel, she screen will 
scrolf to reveal more of the land. 
You'll find a cofour map in the game 
package which shows the whole of 
Kalynthia. 

You can also nave) aver mis land, in 
a number of ways - by foot, horse, ship 
or air Not all of the travel modes are 
available at me. start, however, and as 
you travel the time of day changes from 



morning to afternoon ami eventually to 
evening. At this point you may elect to 
make camp or continue on through the 
dark, bearing in mind that travelling 
through the flight can be dead dodgy - 
the emphasis being on dead. 

There are lots rjf places to visit in 
Kalyrrthia. There's SanrJmarch, g city Fn 
the middle of the desert known as the 
Sands of Fire and the capital dty, Kal 
telDn, ruled by the wise ones 

Each town and city has varying faqili- 
ties for the party ranging from Blaek- 




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imiths. where you tan purchase 
weapons and armour, to /ipoihecartes 

[try saying that with a mouthful of 
shortbread as I've just done. Oh 
cnjmbsf| where you can Buy magical 
potions to aid your journey through 
the dungeons. 

At Churches you can heal or resur- 
rect characters whD are particularly 
wimpy. You may even be given a quest 
to complete by certain people within a 
town, which wilt take you to further 
underground areas full of foul crea- 
tures to Ml. 

in fact it an boils down to 
the fact that Abandoned 
Places is a stonking game. 
The gamepfay is there, the 
atmosphere is there [espe- 
cially if you read the 
in eluded tome, The 23rd 
Chrome I es of Kalynthia|, 
There are afso oodles of 
spells to cast, lots more than 
Dungeon Master had... 
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words. 

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you're dealing with yet another Out Run 
wannabee? I suppose I could fill in with 
some relevant driving anecdotes, like 
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Mum's mini into a huge puddle and 
flHed it with water. 

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Plan 9 from Outer Space Is 
one oF those films that 
you won t forget in a 
hurry. It could be described it a 
potent mix of horror, science fic- 
tion and mind-blowing special 



effects But that'd be a fib of vol- 
canic proportions. 

No, Plan 9 from Outer Space ii 
one hell of a crap film. It s cob- 
blers. Its drivei. It's a cringefest to 
end fill cringe fem It's widely 
recognised as the biggest turkey 
ever to crawl out of Hollywood 
and Gremlin are planning to bring 
it to the home computer. Three 
Cheers for Gremlin, eh? 

Plan 9 from Outer Space was 
released in 1959 to critical 
acclaim. Except it wasn't. Inept . 
"miserable", "awful; and *the 
worst horror film ever made are 
just some of the comments that 
heralded this celluloid milestone. 

It was produced, written and 
directed by Edward D Wood, 
reputedly the "worst director who 
ever lived", On top of this pedi- 
gree, Plan 9 boasted such drive-in 
luminaries as ex-wrestler Tor 
Johnson Vampira (a dead ringer 
for Lily MunsterJ, and Beia Lugosi, 
who should ve known better. 

The story - such as it is - starts 
with two aliens. Eros and Tanna, 
plotting to take over the Earth. 
Unfortunately, the bumbling two- 
some aren't much top at this tak- 
ing over the Earth'" lark, having 
already failed in eight previous 
attempts. 

Thus they hit upon, yep. Plan 9, 
In which the bodies of the dead 



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around with their arms waving 
around. Obviously this unprece- 
dented horror will bring the 
planet to its knees in no time at 
all and so using some wobbly fly- 



ing saucers as a decoy for the 
army they set their plan into 
motion. 

However, there is a spanner In 
the works in the shape of one Jeff 
Trent. An airline pilot by trade, he 
alio lives next to the graveyard 
from which the tombles are rising. 
For reasons best known to them- 
selves, the zombies have nicked 
off with Jeffs wife and are hord- 
ing her prisoner on board the 
spaceship. 

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hero to take this sort of intrusion 
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strategic mastery he decides to 
walk into the spaceship and beat 
everyone up. Wow, 

Needless to say, the aliens get 
wind of this awesome tactical 
manoeuvre and unleash every 
gizmo and gimmick that the spe- 
cial effects budget would allow at 
the gallant duo, Will the aliens 
succeed with Plan 97 Will Jeff save 
the world? Will anyone notice that 
the spaceships are just paper 
plates on hits of string? 

So. how do Gremlin plan to con- 
vert this masterpiece of modern 
cinema to floppy disk? Well, the 
game will take the form of a 
graphic adventure, not entirely 
dissimilar to that other great B- 
movie tribute. It Came from the 
Desert. 

The usual point and dick mouse 
interface will allow you to explore 
the environment of the movie and 
all the major characters will be 
incorporated into the plot, So 
that's that sorted Out. 

vour quest at the start of the 
game is to locate six reels of the 
movie, splice them into a finished 
product and return them to the 
producer. However, your objective 
may well become waylaid as you 
uncover new sub-plots. 

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to visit cinemas to view the reels 
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footage from the movie in all its 
digitised glory. Gremlin actually 
plan to include several full min- 
utes or him footage in the final 
game. Heartless beasts. 

The whole thing sou net J suit- 
ably impressive, containing over 
70 lush graphic locations with 
taxis and aeroplanes expanding 



the game to take in most of the 
world. Plenty of exploring is guar- 
anteed, with loads of in-jokes for 
Keen fifm buffs to keep their eyes 
peeled for. 

And Gremlin have promised 
that for those who finish the 
game there'll be "a reward 
sequence designed to impress and 
amaze - Sounds interesting, ch? 

They kindly gave us a copy of 
the film, and by jingo it really is 



crap, but the game sounds and 
looks like it might be something 
worth getting exerted about. Cant 
be any worse than the film, that's 
for sure. 

Plan 9 from Outer Space is cur- 
rently planned for an April 
release, although the price hain't 
yet been decided. Until then, 
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<er. not wanting to remove the stars name from the eredi 
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■ don't know, you wart ages for a 
roJe-playing adventure game to 
turn up and then you go and get 
four in two months - it's just not fair, 
following quick on the heels of Knight- 
mare. Abandoned Places and Moon- 
stone |OK it's row e action than adven- 
ture, but who cares) is Shadowtands. 

I don't reafly know How to describe 
Shadowtands, but i'V have a go. It's a 
sort of, err, umm, isometric Dungeon 
Master with a mere shade of Akira 
thrown in for good measure. 

You are now probably wondering 
what the hell Akira, the tuir Japanese 
cartoon/film epic, has got to do with 
Shadowlands. Well hold on to your 
hats, helmets ar whatever you're wear- 
ing on top of your head and all will be 
revealed soon 

Time for a story. I think. Are you sit- 
ting ccHnfortaoty? The story follows an 
ancient legend. Drowned whiFe fleeing 
enemy hordes who have invaded from 
the Shadowlands, you awake to find 
that your ipim is still very much alive 
and lusting for vengeance. 

New supernatural powers give you 
the ability to control the minds of oth- 
ers. Tou must guide them into the 
Shadowlands where they must search 
and find your natural remains and 
from there take them to the alt* to be 
reunited with your spirit in an ancient 
ceremony. 

Just like Dungeon Master and Ml Its 
contenders, you start the game with 
four intrepid adventurers. Norma Uy 
you have to choose your adventurers, 
due not In Shadowiands - here you 
have to TnakeyDur own, Using an 
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Midwinter 2, you get to design your 
hrave lads. 

If you remember, I mentioned Akira 
- well this rs where the Japanese influ- 
ence appears. All the graphics of your 
man's face, hair, mouth, etc are very 
oriental and you can get quite a good 
likeness to the bloke who runs the 
chippy down the road. 

Rrght, you've made up your men 
and you've given them names, now it's 
time to play the game. You start off rn 
an orchard with loads of apple trees, 
so you can do your best Darling Buds 
of May impressions, pretend to pick 
this years crop of apptes and say Ter- 
fick' a lot. 

While you are wandering around 
you encounter pesky crows and also 
find some very important weapons 
After a bit of apple-picking and the odd 



game Df hide and seek, you win ewentu- 
alfy find the dungeon, Now the game 
really begins to take shape. 

The first part of level ore is merely a 
little taster and enables you to get used 
to the controls, so that you can move 
around quickly and efficiently. Move- 
ment is entirely controlled 
by your little mouse. By 
now you should have 
seen our iitfle bo* with an 
explanation of the contra 1 
system - if you haven't 
seen it, read it right now. 
it's dead important. 

If you're a bit daft m 
the head and you haven't 
seen the screenshots then 
you probably won't know 
why the game is called 
Shadowlands It's called 



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your own 
Akira Hit* 

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Shadcwlands because it uses a Pnofl> 
scaping system. 

I suppose ycmH want to know wfvc 
a Photoscaping. system is? ft allow 
game to actually simulate light antf 
darkness. I know it sounds a bit compW 
cated, but II make it easy for you bj 
using a couple of examples. 

Example one - when you ligl 
torch in Shadowiandr. you actually 
light up the area around you and you ] 
can see everything a lot more cli 
Example two - when you open a door 
the light from the torch actually flood! 
through into the next room, just as] 
light does m the real world. 

I know the word 'gimmick' comes 
screaming at you from out of the dark- 
ness, but it realty does add atmosphere 
to the game and lends it a realist : 
The actual game is plagued by all man- 
ner of evil beasries like skeletons, rats 




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branch of the Dungeon 

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You put your left leg In, your right leg out... 



Left aim - The right 
arm allows you to pick 
items up and also let: 
you do thing* like puli 
levers and so on. Also if 
you click on born the 
arms, yew will be able to 
throw items, 



left J«g - This icon 
allows yDU to move just 
the one character. 



Energy bar - This 
tells you how much 
energy you hare (eft, 





the dungeon bit lasts for 14 levels. Then 
you progress further to the pyramid 
and maze levels, so it definitely isn't one 
of those 1 completed it in len minutes' 
jOtH. 

Shadowiands rs one of those games 
which will keep you entertained for 
hours on end. You know the type - you 
start playing in January and before you 
realise it, if j April. 

Engrossed? I certainly was. I almost 
forgot about writing the review. And 



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even now while I'm writing this, Dar- 
ren, our resident adventuring expert is 
deeply engrossed m it - at the moment 
he's turning the air blue. 

In fact, hold on for a minute 
"Oil Get off thit Anugal' 
■Whastr 

'Came 'ere you, take thai!" 
Touchl'. 

Ho hoi That'll teach the bugger. 

Overall, Shadowiands is the game 
ail adventurers have been looking far. 
It has great graphrcs which, coupled 
with the Photoscaping system, gives a 
unique atmosphere, almost a feeling of 
actually being (here. 

On the sound front there are surt- 
a-ble FX featuring grunts, screams, 
thuds, clanking, clanging and even a 
ding ding ding sound. And it's got a 
lovefy intra nine. 

Payability? Do I even have to teif 
you about this? (Yes yw bloody well 
do - EdJ. OK, ifs certainly one of the 
most playable games I've ever 
attempted. It even beats Dungeon 
Master, mainry because it's a lot more 
interactive. 

The control system becomes second 
nature after just a few goes. You 
don't particularly have to read the 
manual, you can just boot it up 
and play it straight away - it's that 
playable. 

It's time Tor a bit of a sum up r 
methfnks - 2 + 2 = 4, and Shadow- 
lands = bloody ace adventuring role- 
playing game. 

Jonathan 



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ELSPA Chart 



Ten new entries this month, 
iix climbers, 11 games drop, 
one non-mover and even 
one re-entry. Oh no, ihoeJi, 
horror it J a new number 
one. Fanfare, please! It's 
Formula One Grand Prix. 
Geoff Crammond J excellent 
driving sim has taken its 
time to get to the top, but 
now it's there it'll be very 
hard to knock off. 

In the battle between 
budgets and full price, it s a 
dead heat at fifteen-all, but 
there are eight full price 
games in the top ten. A for- 
mer number One - Manch- 
ester United Europe - re- 
enters at number 26. 
Ocean's dominance of the 
chart continues with WWF 
dropping down a pface, and 
It oboe op 3 drops a couple of 
places, but those lads and 
lasses from Manchester are 
still holding their own. 

Its time to put those mys- 
tical hats on and look to the 
future. Here are our predic- 
tions for next month. Dan 
reckons Birds of Prey will fly 
up to the coveted number 
one spot while new boy 
Darren has plumped for Pop- 
ulous 2. Because I am the 
top tipster I ve chosen 
Another World - I suggest 
you run to the bookies 
immediately. WelJ, that 5 all 
we have time for this month 
- don t forget to tune in 
next month for more 
startling chart revelations. 
See ya, readers! 

Jonathan 



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t 6 James Pond 2 - Robocod 

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t 8 New Zealand Story 

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t 29 Robocop 

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12 Bubble Bobble 

1 1 Leander 

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ever swing a pinball game on cur 
f udg D-colo ured friend. There prob- 
ably were a couple but J d bet my 
Complete A Team sticker album 
that they were crap. But now 2 lit 
Century Entertainment have cho- 
sen to stake their claim -vwjth Pin- 
ball Dreams. 

Of course, pinbaJI bring j back 
all those memories of misspent 
childhoods in smoky arcade*, and 
dodgy old Who records- Thnt 
deaf, dumb and blind kid, he sure 
plays a merfri pinbjfll! they war' 
bled. This io lidded like an interest- 
ing little notion, so we set up a lit 
tie experiment. 

We loaded up Pinball Dreams, 
and plonked Biffa in a chair, We 
then blindfolded him, gagged him 
and stuck Blu-Tac in hii ears. Co 
on Biff, play a mean pinball we 
ordered. He wobbled around for a 
bit, grunted and then fell off the 
chair. So, for the best results On 
Pinball Dreams, don't rely on crap 
rock Operas by trembly dinosaur 
rock hands. They/'rlfcliars, 

With thai little test out of the 
way, and leaving! Biff struggling 
away in the corner, the more able- 
bodied among ui got on with play- 
ing Pinball Dreams, And its a bit 
good if the truth be (old. 

Indeed, Biff realJy doesn't ki 
what lies' missing-, With his blind- 
fold he can't see the massive 
tables - almost three screens high 
- the full screen display, the 
smooth strolling And pixel-perfect 
collision detection. With Blu-Tac 
shoved firmly in each ear, tt* 
hear the many groovy tunes 
sound effects and with his gag hi 
Can t complain about it either. I 
should have done this sooner. 

In Pinball Dreams you get four 
tables to choose from, Admittedly, 
" t's not really enough, but there 



it an eight-player option, so if you 
can get some mates round it 



last you a good while. 

The first is Ignition and as you 
can see from the prccy, it's set in 
space. You also get Steel Wheel (a 
Western railway game), Seat Box 
jset in the music bitj and Night- 
mare which is based around, erm, 
a nightmare. Each table has Its 
own tune and sound effects, as 
well as having a very distinctive 
design. 

Control is extremely simple. 
Use the down cursor key to pull 
back and release the spring, and 
shoot the ball into play. The left 
and right Shift keys control the 
flippers, and if you want to cheat 
then Space will till the table, 
However, over-enthusiastic tilting 
will forfeit your turn. 

And that t it. Just keep the ball 
in play and try and smash the 
high scores, which are saved to 
the disk each time you play. The 



best thing About Pinball Dreams is 
that, as well as being great to look 
at and listen to, its brilliant to 
play. The way the ball moves is 
unnervingiy realistic, and while 
there a rent really that many fea- 
tures on each table, it manages to 
keep the excitement going with- 
out appearing too cluttered or 
empty. 

And as for the addiction level, 
well, imagine having a pinball 
table but not having to pay to 
play it, Its very, very hard to resist 
just having another quick bash. 

The morning we got it, we 
booted it up at about half nine 
and it didn't get turned off again 
until five o clock, its now ten past 
nine the next morning and already 
Darren is well into his third game. 



Addictive? Vou could say that- 

There ii one criticism, and that's 
that for nearly E26 you don't get 
enough variety. Once yOv'w mas- 
tered all four tables, the appeal 
might not be as great. A table edi- 
tor would ue been a nice idea, Or 
even the option for further tables 
on separate data disks. 

Even so, what you do get it a 
maddeningly addictive pinball sim- 
ulator with the added bonus of an 
eight-player option. If pinball is 
your thang, then get hold of 
immediately. 

OK, get off the Amiga, Dam 
Its my turn now. Hang about, is 
Biff supposed to be that purple 
colour? Oops, J 



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uabon, Your father 
has been kilted and his 
entire kingdom and ail its wealth are 
now in your hands, items pretty 
enticmg. doesn't it? All that money 
and property. 

V/eH there's just one teeny problem 
- the condition oF the kingdom upon 
the old man's demise a somewhat less 
than perfect. In fact it's safe to say 
things have reached crisis Fevel 

Famine is flourishing, poverty is rife 
and other realms are vying For domi- 
nance of the land And you have to 
sort it alt out, while ensuring that your 
realm comes out on top. Flipping 
inconsiderate of dad no get killed like 
that, leaving all thrs mess ta clear up, 
Anyway, someone has to do it so you 
might as well get on with It, 

The aim of Realms is id ensure that 
your kingdom reigns supreme among 
the others. To achieve this, you have 
to fortify your cities and recruit and 
train armies and cavalry. Oh, you also 
have to look after the welfare of me 
citizens of your newly-acquired (and 
] bloody ewes, nothing but a nui- 
sance if you ask me. Can't they see 
you've enough on your pfate as It is?), 
So. it's off to the nearest treating to 
appeal for justice from the Gods. Now 
these Nordrc Gods are pretty accom- 
modating. Just raise yaur fist to the 
skies, scream, and Bob's your uncle - 
divine assistance to take away. So 



with emotions swelling In your soul 
and rage filling your mind, you cast 
your eyes to the heavens and demand 
justice 

The crouds part, the sky booms and 
the Gods give you , a tjelt bueklel 
Well, rt looks like a belt buckle - the 
kind you m*ght find on a Iron Maiden 
groupie - but it is, in fact the Symbol 
Of the ierpent, giving the bearer pow- 
ers beyond belief. 

'Oooh. this will come in handy!" 
you say to yourself and promptly set 
off to restore your Kingdom I suppose 



you could compare Realms to Power- 
monger. You know, moving Ittte armies 
around the landscape causing all man- 
ner of mischief But Realms has more 
responsibilities far you to attend to. 

ygu muit impose taxes to generate 
enough money to equip your armies 
with varying weapons and armour, so 
they can attack any enemy towns 
|mereoy weakening your enemy or ene- 
mies}, You must buy grain to feed the 
populace, develop your towns (a make 
them larger and more resistant to attack 
and generally ensure the survival of 
your people. In fact, the number of 
duties to attend to are just right. Some 
games go over the top, requiring you to 
control innumerable activities, which 
can completely spoil the game. Realms 




is graphically excellent, and the ovf 
game system is pleasing to use. Yi 
view your surroundings via the ca 
mon isometric representation, M 
there is also an overhead map |M 
you the entire land to survey, 

The animation of the armies- 
they trundJe about the land on tt> 
merry way to mayhem is qmte nice tc 
At the start of the game you i 
placed in a fairly simj 
default scenar □ 
there are eighr mca 
increasingly dfflicuft sefll 
narios to choose 
via the disk icon. 




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lion in which the unit attacks and arso 
select whether to fire any missile 
weapons such as bows. Tlrese Enable 
ygu to diminish the opposition before 
yau close for twwf-tCHhand combat 

Last but not least you have the 
attack or retreat iron, which lets you 
start your attack. or. if things go dis- 
mally downhill fas was frequently the 



case with me|, lets you scarperl The 
entire battfe sequence runs in r*al time, 
which leads me Qn tp a couple of 
gripes. With numerous units to control 
and the large number Of controls at 
your disposal during a battle, it can 
BecoTO too hectic to deal with at tones. 
Having to switch quickly between 
units to give differing orders requires 



some manic mouse manipulation, I 
can tell you. Also, the required pos> 
tion of the mouse when selectmg a 
unit is a little too precise for comfort, 
you need to have the pointer directly 
on the unit flagpole, far instance, far it 
to. be selected. 

Sound effects are good, with an 
accompanying theme constantly play- 
ing in the background. During battles 
you hear the clanging of swords 
which adds a (ouch Df atmosphere tD 
the events. 

Overall then, Realms is a competent 
addition to the increasing God War 
game domain and is worth taking a 
knit at 

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This isn't really Kid Gloves 1. 
/know Mot originally anyway, 
"mis time platformer started life 
last year as a game caned Littfe Beau. 
But it was such a crap name far a game 
that Ihe company responsible sponta- 
neously combusted and left poor Did 
Beau wandering about in software 
limbo 

Then MiHenium came atong, and res 
cued the little biioger. They tarted him 
up. buffed up his helmet and redubbed 
him Kid Gloves 2. Despfte the fact that 
he hasn't gal any glows. 

Just one took at the graphics and you 
know exactly what you've <n lor, Millions 
of other games spring to mind - Mario. 
Rainbow islands. Mega Man. Alex Kidd, 
Mega Twins, New Zealand Story, the list 
goes an and on and on. Cutesy platform 
romps with all the usual trimmings. Kid- 
napped princesses, end-oMevel baddies, 
power-ups, hidden goodies - If s .ill 
here. 

Where Kid Clowes I falfs fiat is that as 
well as being derivative, it facks the 
glossiness that makes, for instance, 
Mega Twins a good laugh. It looks and 
plays Tike an Wit Nintendo reject, 

Vou tan just imagine some spotty, 
gum chewing, MTV generation yankee 
nerd playing this while listening to the 



new Paula Abdul album. 
Nor the son of ultra hi-tech 
home computer entertain- 
ment us smug, superior, 
stiff upper lip Amiga owners 
are used to. 

There are some attempts 
to beef if up with the inclu- 
sion of little arcade sub- 
games and one-armed ban- 
dits lurking in the scenery, 
and while this is a nice ides 
it doesn't really offer any 
thing of use - especially 
since I've got a nasty reefing 
that the fruit machines are a 
bit rigged. And the arcade 
machines are pretty crap as 
well. 

The graphics are. as you 
can guess, cute. But cute in an old-fash- 
ioned way The sprites lack the crisp, 
colourful deHnition of their mrals and as 
such leave the game feeling a bit dated. 

Another rather odd graphical Feature 
is the lack of any backgrounds. At least, 
any oackgnaunds worth noticing Lois 
of white dots for snow is about all you'll 
get on the first Jevef, and it anfy gets a 
bit better as you go an. It all looks a bit 
sparse. 

Sound is actuafiy quite nice. There's 







Siitom heart-throb, Paul Nicholas in platform game romper***! 



yer standard cute platform game bungs 
and beeps, but there's also some pretty 
nifty speech when you pick items up. For 
instance, when you collect some wine, 
Kid emits an ecstatic "yum yumr. It's a 
nice little touch, and it does give the 
game a teeny bit of much needed Paul 
But Kid Gloves Z's biggest problem is that 
it brings nothing new to an already Over- 
stocked genre. Mega Twins manages to 



Blimey. Ilwt* 
keyi pop up in 
the handle it 

or place!! 




justify its existence By being slickly pro- 
grammed and by having a great two- 
player mode, but the Kid fnee Beau) 
wouid probably have been happier if 
he'd been left to wander about in soft- 
ware limbo last year. 

wtio knows, maybe he could've mei 
up with Monty Mole and Miner Willy 
and formed an obsolete pfatrorm char- 
acters club. But they probably wouldn't 
have him. They're very strict about 
things like that 

Daniel 




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f you want a really good laugh, 

then get your hands on the short 

story chat accompanies this little 
Jwnture offering, it xeally is the most 
. and unbearably bad piece of 

fiction I've ever redd. 
Here are some examples: "Maybe one 
Ay lady fuck would shuffle the deck 

d get a better hand," and it gets 
Wter as weil: Cheat this out The girl 

about 5ft fiiri, with tegs that looked 
Dnger than that." Brilliant) And finally: 
The word? hit me like a hard right to 
trie jaw from Mike Tyson " Absolute cob- 
blers, isn't it? 

The whole story fiasco s the usual 
ttme way of introducing the player to 
t« plot of the game, although it could 
nave tan done a tot quicker, and with 

ess embarrassment, in a few para- 
graphs, So. to save you the physical 
pant of rehashing this epic tale, here's 
the cut-down version. 

¥our Dad's a private eye. hit mate's 
been murdered. Dad's in the nick, 
you've got to prove his innocence. 
There, no need for anything more than 
that. 

The game is similar In styfe to one of 
those ipori management efforts. Vou 
know, you see your desit and you can 
select different actions by clicking on the 
telephone, the computer, the diary etc. 
The number of options isn't quite as 
great as you might expect, but there's 
plenty of scape for exptoratian in your 
first hour or so. 

The manual, despite the crap story, 
promises great tilings from Crime City. 
hut the game doesn't qurte deliver. 
Apparently, m you'll become embroiled 
in the seedy underworld, dealing with 
hit men and informants and all manner 
of tow Bfe. 

And .as the blurb tells us that Charac- 
ters reacuGfii to you will after to sua the 
way you talk to them, I was looking for- 
ward to a pretty exciting interactive 
experience. The trouble 'n that, writ rhe 



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manual lied. As far as I can tell, the 
characters responses are as predictable 
as a BBC sitcom. I mean, I went to my 
girlfriend's house, and told her we were 
splitting up, She threw a right wobbler, 
as I expected. Then I said I'd see her 
later, she kissed me on the cheek and 
called me "Cubbywubbyfcins'or some 
thing. Not quite what the manual 
promised, 

If you keep asking the same ques- 
tion, you get the same response over 
and over. In short, the characters are 



about as responsive as the scenery. 
What a bunch of fibbers. 

Mother way in which foe game let 
me down was its distinct lack of any- 
thing even remotely seedy. Even though 
it's called Crime City, the map makes it 



look a tot like Trumpton. The seedy bar 
is more like a cosy country pub and your 
main character lives at home with his 
mum. Crime City? More Ifte ffippin' Enid 
fltyton's "Five Investigate a Beastly Mur- 
der' ifyouaskmel 

I'm probably being a bit unfair here. 
Crime City's actually quite good fun. You 
can while away a few hours making 
"humorous' phone calls to the local 
bobbies, or making dates with your 
girlfriend that she never even shows 
up to. 

The trouble is that (he action is repeti- 
uve, making the whole game teef about 
as invofvmg as watching someone else's 
holiday home video. A nice idea, but 
Cruise for a Corpse did it first and a mil- 
lion times better 

Daniel 



Straight dim 

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The Lakes - section 3 

This section is tough. Go forward Tint and hili the crabs and the 
vultures, Drop through the gap and use the drill to turn all the 
nasties into power-up?! Mow drop down again and pick them up. 
Keep dropping down to get to the bubble gum. Drift up to the 
ray top again and move right - here there are some coins, a gold 
star and a secret passage. 

Ensure that you get a mega power-up of some sort. This will 
give you the edge - you'll need it! Travel left and clear the nasties 
by the top oF the water, Now rorr down the "stain towards the 
bottom of the pit and move right to pick up your helmet, Go into 
the water, but move slowly - there are a lot of nasties in this 
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The Lakes - section 4 

This is s very Dig prt. You can travel down the left gap or the right gap - 

difference bar some bonus fruit to the 

right. 

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ledges and spin into nasties, The helmet ,5 
m a tavern directly under the TV |f yew 
pick it up now you may have some trou- 
pe - you cannot spin with it. Take the 
nght-hand pit. and follow the arrow to the 
exit. 

If, however, yDu feel adventurous. 
leave the helmet and drop left to find a pit 
with power-ups, Fireballs and a bubble 
gum machine. This way you can clear 
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The Mountains - 
Section 6 

This section features a lot of long ledge;. Move 
right and left along the ledge* and throw snow- 
balls forward, avoiding the cluster! of nasties, 
Watch out for the Vetis that jump At you - Hi*jf 
only take one hit. 

Climb over the building and jump on the aggres- 
sive rabbits and snowmen beneath you. Move left 
and push snow over ledges wherever possible. 
Dont miss the spiky helmet hidden behind a col- 
umn on the left by the wall. 

Use the helmet to the full and take out as many 
snowmen as possible. Don't drop off the edge and 
keep moving until trie Helmet runs out. At the bot- 
tom get the hopper ami bounce over the ledges to 
get to the exit. Be careful not to Jump up to the 
top again. 



The last room 

Run to get a hopper, or blast the snowmen to 
drop one. Then collect your massive bonus and 
exit. 

Well done, you have finished Magic Pockets - 
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The Mountains 
- Section 7 

The penultimate lever and the hard- 
est in the entire game! IT you re 
super-powered you could do this 
level. otherwise, you are going to die) 

First of aS. stand and fire until af 
nasties are dead Now edge forward 
and keep firing. Some Yetis will fall 
from the top - kill them ar>d edge 
forward. Ensure you stop (he bonus 
on milk, to get some extra life. 

Again edge forward. A good tech- 
nique ts to jump up to the ledge 
wrth the coins and spin off the end. 
Always watch fix nasties failing from 
above. Where the coin piles are 
beware of the eagles, Wow the exit 
should be easy. 

Note - If you can. transport »n this 
room, to wrap the garnet 



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when it comes to images on a monitor, 
that's not quite the case. 

Once you've powered up your com' 
puter and switched on your monitor, the 
electron gun that jKs at the back of the 
cathode ray tube constanuy fire* particles 
al the phosphor dots on the front of the 
screen, mailing them glow, 

This is a good thing because unless 
these particles make the ijhosphor dhti 
gfeoWj no image will appear on yourtiloni' 
lor. For the poor little phosphor dot, 
though, it's a bad triinq, because every 
time it gets hit by an electron its life 
expectancy is shortened. 

Now in the short term mis isn't much 
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phosphor dots exist - they 
like being hit by electrons. 
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certain mem bets of the 
phosphor dot community 
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that have dark bands or 
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II you cast your mind back 
about ten years or so, you'll remem- 
ber that the earliest home consoles used 
to use the television to display video 
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The screen was 
divided into two 
areas by a static, verti- 
cil white line. Each 
player's score was shown in 
the top) right and t«p 1*-Nnd 
corners of the screen. It was a 
simple enough game - each player 
had a paddle which controlled a mow- 
able bat and the idea was to bounce a 
ball back to your opponent without letting 
it slip past your bat. 

It; was great fun and it literally kept the 
kids amused for hours at a time. But when 
the adults sat down to watch television in 
the evening they found that their favourite 
TV programme suddenly had a dark fine 
running vertically down the centre of the 
picture, and two dark areas, one in the top 
left-hand corner of the screen and the 
other in the top right. 

This was due to the dreaded screen burn 
and, as marry poor parents found Dut, the 
effect is irreversible. 

The same thing happens with computer 
monitors if they are left with the same 
image burning itself into the phosphor 
screen for too long. It's the static elements 
of the display that do the damaoe 

So what can b*done to prevent wearing 
out your stwn? Well you couW ttim your 
monitor off every time you got up to make 
a cup of tea or went to answer the phone. 
But all those additional power surges that 
occur when yeu switched the monitor back 
on again would shorten its I rfe even morn. 

What would be useful would be a pro- 
gram running in the background that mon- 
itored the activjty of the keyboard and the 
nous*. If it found that the computer 
hadn't been touched for a while it could 
tell the electron gun to switch itself off for a 
while, without turning the rest of the moni- 
tor off. 

And that is why we have programs 
known as screen blankers to do just that. 
You Instruct the program how long it is to 



wait after the last time the computer was 

touched before it blanks the screen, and it 
carries the task out without fuss. Place it in 
your startup-sequence and you won't even 
be aware that it's there until your monitor 
needs it. 

There are many variations upon this 
original theme. One screen blanker and 
mouse utility. Mighty Mouse, waits for a 
preset time and then dims the screen by a 
user-defined, percentage. If after a little 
while longer there is still no user input then 
it continues to dim the screen in stages 
until eventually it is totally blacked out, 

Blizzard is another variant, and a per- 
sonal favourite of mine. This blanks the 
screen but then displays huge, rnulti- 
cnffttjrwJ snowflaJtes gently falling down it. 
Starfjlanker turn; Off the screen and 
replaces it with the view of a starfield 
scrolling slowly by. 

Although screen blankers are deeply 
useful programs to have, there's only so 
much fun to be had from them and so pro- 
gram mers started to combine them with 
other small utilities to avoid having to run 
too many individual files. 

Screen Wankers started to be combined 
with mouse pointer blankers and mouse 
pointer accelerators. The list just grew and 
grew and everyone had his or her 
favourite, 



There are lots of these utilities float 
inif around In the freewjff .md ■ I i.m- 
ware scenes. They all have various 
combinations ol screen blanker, mouse 
accelerator, window manipulator, lunc- 
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port. If you wanted to lest eath one isut 
to find out which suited your needs 
best it would cosl you a lol of money to 
buy up all the disks. 

in order to save you time and cash. 
Seppi Evans at George Thompson 
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tion of 20 mouse handler! and screen 
blankers. 

11 comes on Iwo disks and contains 
ail the lamiliar names - DMouse. 
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Mouse accelerator, Ne*lWindowi. 
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TBAG Disk 
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Amiga nuts 

The Tampa Bay Amiga Croup's Disk of 
the Month is something 1 regularly took 
forward to receiving. 

TBAG disks always contain an inter- 
esting mixture of program! and they 
nearly always have something that ( can 
find a good use for. Tate disk number 
59 for example. There are five utilities, a 
demo, three cracking pictures, and a 
game. 

AvailMem is a small routine that 
watches memory usage and, unhke the 
AmigaDos Avail command, continually 
updates its display as the memory use 
changes. 

Interferon, written try Gary Milliom. n 



a cute little game that is a variation on 
Telris. Vou have to match up colours to 
destroy the bugs on the screen. It uses 
1 6 colours and has some sound. Nothing 
to write home about but it's an added 
bonus. 

Opt is a drive opti miser, 
sometimes known 
as a defragger, So 
why is it necessary to 
optimise in the first 
place? Well, when you use a disk for the 
first time after formatting, it is, in a man- 
ner of speaking, a blank piece of paper. If 
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there is enough room to save the file in 
one complete chunk. 

As time goes on the disk gets lots ol 
files written on to it and erased from it. 
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to the disk there 
might not be a 
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available to store the file in one whole 
chunk, so the drive saves a bit of the file 
here, another bit there and so on until 
the whole 1 00k has been fitted on the 
disk. 

When it comes to loading that last file 
back into the computer, the drive 
remembers where all of the pieces of it 
are and moves its read/write head 
around the disk, picking them up as it 
goes. This is clever stuff, but unhappily it 
rakes longer to toad in a fragmented file 
than a File that exists as one 
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Defraggers really come into 

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r be optimised a 
lot quicker by 
copying individ- 
ual files on to a 
newly formatted, blank disk. 

Opt can optimise hard drives, HAM 
drives, or even floppy disks if you want 
it to. But - and there's always a but - 
although defragmenting is a desirable 
thing to do, it can also be slightly haz< 
ardous. Even If the program is 
supposed to be 100 per cent 
foolproof, a sudden power 
cut could mean the total loss 
of data - so it is always 
advisable to make backups 
before defragmenting. 

Opt has been writ- 
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a time, but it also means that il some- 
thing does go wrong the amount of 
information lost is minimised. 

The display is a clear, no-nonsense 
panel that contains four buttons and 
five small report windows situated 
underneath a large window that pro- 
vides a schematic view of the disk lay- 
out. 

Also Oh the disk is PicBase, an IFF 
picture database program written by 
Mike Berro. It's a smashing idea - it 
allows you to catalogue and manipulate 
all the IFF pictures and brushes that you 
have oh a disk in the same way that a 
conventional database manipulates 
data files. 

The program displays a reduced 
replica - or icon - of each picture, with 
information such as the path name, the 
creation date, file size, image size and 
depth, display mode, and comments 
about the file. 

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time across the display area. Pictures can 
be automatically sorted by creation 
date, file size, filename, path name or 
something known as a Ticode. 

The files can be renamed, transferred, 
duplicated or erased from disk, either 
individually or in tagged batches. 
Double clicking on an icon will expand 
it to full size. 

You don't even have to run the pro- 
gram if you want to get at sorne piece 
of information qulcWy. A list of pictures 
can be printed out, or lav^d to disk as 
an Ascii tent file. 

There is a special multi-view facility 
which allows you to see up to 108 
images at once - har»dy for hard drive 
users, In reality they are so small that 
unless you have a good idea of what the 
picture looks like full ti/e, identifying 
them is difficult- 
Images can be preiented as a slide 
slow, moving automatically or manually 
forward and reverse. They can also be 
played back in reduced size mono form 
as an animation preview, at up to 30 
frames per second. 

There's even an example file that 
comes with the package, so you can 
play around with one that's already 
been set up before you create a new 
one of your own. 



The Europe-friendly Languages Tutor 



One of the things that doesn't make me proud to be British 
is the inability of the average citizen, to speak in any other 
language than English. 

Languages Tutor is a teaching akl program that helps you 
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the languages of tour European countries - Spanish, French, 
German and Italian. It works 
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There are a couple of 
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The program can substitute 
a Foreign word for an 
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guess what It means. Each 
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containing some 270 to 300 
commonly used words and 
the program pulls words out 
at random unless you tell it 
to take them out in alpha- 
betical order. 

There are no fancy graph- 
ics, animation sequences or 
special effects in this pro- 
gram - they're not needed, languo^a Tutof ... ta m ^taptita bvt M-ra iraming 



This is one occasion where the Amiga's fancy footwork is 
not really required to get the job done, 

Languages Tutor is not going to teach you how to s-oeak 
a language but it will be a handy aid to have around if you 
are taking GCSEsor attending an adult education course. 




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Where's my A501? 

I have two complaints to make. Ffcrtfy, when I bought my 
Amiga in July I got the Screen Gems pack, which I found 
in your magazine and others advertised as including the 
A501 512k RAM expansion However, I never got one. 
The computer came from Dixons in Newport. The com- 
ments in your mag about the extra 512k were in the 
November issue In the news 5«tmn r and the same tiling 
was printed in another Amiga mag the next month. 

Secondly I would like to complain about the number 
of wear words printed. Please note I'm only nine years 

old! 

Apart trom all the moaning I actually do very much 
enjoy reading Amiga Computing, and it has helped me a 
lot as a beginner . Keep up the good work. 

Martin Mew, Newport, IsSe of Wight 

I suppose yau'il find (his cold comfort but you weren't 
ripped off, you simply bought the Screen Gems pack 
before Commodore started to bundle the AS01 as a pre 
Chriitmtn sales booster. The pocks were originally iotd 



with standard $12* ASOOs, then 1Mb ASOOs, and finaity 
the ASM Pius arrived in the Cartoon Oastks bundle. 

You seem ta have been unlucky in that feu purchased 
your machine fust before the 1Mb bundles stoned arriv- 
ing, it'i worth checking with Dlxons to wake sure you 
weren't supposed to get on A501 with the pack, but it rtor, 
then you can't blame them for selling you what they told 
you they were selling. As for the fruity language, we 
administered several knuckle raps to persons who will 
remain nameless, which should spare the blushes of our 
younger readers. You wust remember, though, that game 
reviews, for example, have to be written with a certain 
degree of (ahem) passion, and that to torif Ihern down 
completely would render them staid and uninteresting. 

Check out a few of the dedicated gomes magazines H 
you're looking for offensive fanguoge and sentiments ami 
you 'it realise just how refined our writers realty are! 



Any old disks? 

I have owned an Amiga 500 for three years, and in that 
time I've added 1Mb and an external disk drive. 
Unfortunately, due to a shortage of funds, I can't do 
much more with it at the moment. Ah, well never mind. 
I was just wondering (here comes the sales pitch - Ed) 



| you or anyone else coutd help me. I've been subscrib- 
ing to your wonderful magazine since it was first pub- 
lished and I have nearly all the CoverDisks except for 
August 19fl9 and May to |uly 1990. Is there any way pos- 
sible for me to gel hold erf copies erf these CoverDisks? 

I S M'acPrtf rson, Sflwfry 

Ordinarily we'd be unable to help, os we keep back issues 
for only if* months ot Europress Direct which ore avail- 
able by fitting in the order form towards the rear end of 
the magazine. However, as you'll nalke, we hove a brand 
new Classifieds column for exactly the sort of request you 
and many other readers make every month. 

To take advantage of this rip-roaring new feature., fust 
m in the Classified! form and send ft off to us We'll try to 
fit your appeal into the next available space. 

Baron won't budge 

I purchased the Red Baron World War I flight sim for my 
Amiga recently and I thought I'd raise a coupfe of points 

about it. 

My system consists Of a B2O0Q with 6B030/6SSS2 
(33MHz), 3Mb of 32 bit RAM, 3Mb other RAM. and a 
65Mb hard drive. Obviously not a standard system (I 
should cocoa! - Ed>. On this system, Red Baron runs very 
smoothly at even the highest detail level,, and is more 



Trouble with box shifters! 



How about running a readers' survey on shops and retail outlets to find wt who's good 
and who's bad, with categories lor speed of delivery, advice, 
price and so on? With this sort of survey, we might start to 
get a decent service from all shops. 

The reason I ask lor this is, like many others, I'm getting 
fed up with being kept wailing on the phone at 50p every 
three minutes during peak hours trying lo wring some sup- 
port out of companies 

They say they will phone bacV but never do. We're totd 
goods are dispatched first ctaSS, but they rarely are, and 
most mail orders take at least 10 days. 

Prices charged for postage are excessive, You can send a 
video tape inclusive of padded |iffy bag and first class stamp 
lor about CI , so why do the mail order shops charge upwards of £27 There i no excuse 

° r | sent three faxes to three different branches of Diamond Computers and not one 
branch replied- This wasn't the first time either. As far as Diamond's advertisements are 
concerned I befeve that Diamond are the ones wtio need to review their policy After 
all, they can't offer technical support. They're no more than box-shifters of the lowest 

^My recommended suppliers woukJ be NB5 Isle ol Wight for PD stuff dispatched first 




class and Rubysoft in London for their excellent service. Pnnt this i you dare, but let s 

have a survey earned out so we can get decent service out of the 

shops. I guess this will cause a stir, but maybe it will 1<eep your 

letters pane buzzing for a few months. 

t Ankin, Milton Keynes 

A readers' survey of retailers and mail order compoflfes ft err 
interesting idea, but unless the response was fairly overwhelming 

It would be unfair lo the comport concerned to draw conclu- 
sions from it Having sold that, we do receive regular camplainti 
from readers about certain organisations which suggest some are 
markedly worse than others at supporting their customers. 

My advice to you and anyone else experiencing prob- 
lems with a retailer Is to contact them directly by phone at first - I'm afraid you'll have 
to accept the phone bills - and moke sure you get the name of the person in charge. Wis 
tends to strip the person of the anonymity of being just c company take. It a company 
sua tails to respond, you should cooJoct your local Trading Standards Officer J *ord 
from this official source can work wonders an recalcitrant or incompetent box sifters. 

Where an advertisement guarantees next day delivery or to doss pas log*, you have 
the rfght ro expert this service, and it is the job of the TSO to wake sure companies five 
up to their promises and trade In a fair manner. 



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> impress^ than on a PC 386SX. TNJ is where Ihe prob- 
lem lie - on a standard A500, the frame rats b *rj *» 
I know thai every magazine is going to review tha game 
tadiv because tf the speed on an A500, but ft does ** 
on the box that unaccepted Amigas are not re<om- 
n^ded. and that a hard drive is needed tor test «*. 

The main reason for this situation .5 that in the USA the 
Amiga is treated » a serious machine which is also good 
« garnes, v^reas in this country the situation , ■ _U* 
opposite. In the Slates, the ASOO is nowhere, wfth AB000 
s nd accelerated 62000s the most popular model*. J rrt not 
^gesling that you and other British mags should review 
names on the basis of their performance on the* 
machines as the A500 is so popular here, but I feci they 
should qet a mention. 

I have enjoyed a lot of software recently that would 
not be the same on an A»0, either because ol the into- 
minabie disk-swapping invol«d or the slow ^d, and * 
faster systems are not mentioned In the press, I feel cer- 
t ai n companies will stop producing software lor our 
machines. Please confer non-6S0Q0 users in the hiturri 

Info MacXemrt, London 

roti seem to hove painted out the problem weft enough, 
but not rta source. Mori of Hie very complex 
fimutelkm qamti such as Red flororr 
are now wrfHen or? JBAf -PC tempotf- 
Aft machines, then ported across to 
the Amiga became (he market for PC 
games in the US is now so much 
larger Irion trie Amiga market the re . 
The ilandttfd PC machine, the 
ISMHl 286AT, fs fatter then on 
,45 DO (arid more expenitoet), so 
some gomes suffer In the con- 
version. The reirrfr is that a 
gome witi often rim sfonver 
because ft bo* ater* 
badiy converted, rather 
than because J"r fj fundomerttoiiy 
more suited to taster mrtfifes. The gomes composes 
ore to Nome for mtrch of this. Most of them mil con- 
vert „ gome ond |WHrt * so (hot I runs *eN on- storh 
dtS rd machine, but some don't seem * confer [he AW* 
owners, of "Mcfi [here ore millions. Our Comer editor, 
Itort Whiieheod, agrees tM we should fond w® *•**" 
»here o oorrW 6 o<cepiobte on foster machine, hut to be 

honest the go™ * «"■«"«* aJ fl P rod,Kt fof " ,e /"'^ 

Ajrjrj s , it Fi a bit off tor a company to seil o s«™' ■" HHr, * d 

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jhese okos? We M0 mention wten o gome rs belter on o 
tosrermochme, bot don't count o« «m, J"™^"- ^" d 
Durren upp-ng the s«re /or o gome just becouse ft » 
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I ^Tite in rer^y to both I Small's letter and your response 
,0 him in February'* ESP. firstly I would lite to say that Mr 
Small was correct III saying that a true multitasking com- 
puter requires as many processors as processes.- 

Howe^r, due mucking machines are to* r wdto 
between, and even larger machines like VAX *Mte 
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t^kirvg. This means that to all intents and r^-J^ 
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To you Ezra I would say your definition ol multitasking is 



incorrect The Amiga is not capable d doing more Winn 
one task at the same time, in the tmest a** the Amiga 
uses task-swapping to give the appearance ol two tasks 
running at once, 

When alfs said and done, I'm being pedantic with 
yoo, but only because you should know better, 

Lei's settfe (firs once ond for o^r. The Amiga is a multitask- 
tag computer, ond tbot's firwt Tbe term multitasking »« 

tot dreomed „p in toe ntid-flOs ond oppfied to e ,octiy 
tfw wl of processes the AmJgo uses to "gh« rh« "" P r«- 

sf0fl of true mutGuatog" " J V"" ^"^ <"" ' L 

Transfers on-J poroifei processrnsj motMnes mrw 

orotrnd at the Wf«, « the pbrose Jios never meorrf what 

vow woufd ceil "true" ffluitHasWuo- 

rhis meons the dehmlion of mMtasking, m microcom 

pof er terms of itasi is (he process of eflfcta* * spring 
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tf' rou'tf seen the sacailed ''taik-swoppina on 
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Profile 




A 



fter a long drive into live deep 
south our intrepid reporter 
1 (your 1 , truly) finally arrived at 
the door of Power Computing, the 
Bed ford -baled nerve centre of Tony 
laniri'i European empire. 

With outlets in France. Italy, Americ a 
and soon Germany, Bedford may seem an 
unlikely choice for a centre of operations. 




Nevertheless, it's where Italian en-patriot 
Toni and wife |ulia - the real boss - have 
made their home. Good news for the 
locals, and even better news for our bal- 
ance of payments. 

After a varied and well travelled career 
in me motor industry, Tony finally settled 
in this green and pleasant land way back 
in 1984, braking into the computer indus- 
try almost accidentally. A friend back in 
the old country offered the chance to han- 
dle the UK distribution of a revolutionary 



power 




multiply interface for the Sinclair QL, that 
prototype for the ill-fated G5. 

This chance encounter turned our engi- 
neer into an entrepreneur overnight with 
over 20,000 units hitting the streets within 
the first year. From these humbte begin- 
nings, a turnover of five million last year 
and a projected seven to eight million 
next year has made Power Computing 
one of the premier suppliers of Amiga 
hardware and software, with a registered 
user base of over 50,000 customers. 

Alter parking the car and sharpening a 
pencil I was guided to the man's inner 
sanctum. At me far end of an impressive 
polished conference table sat the diminu- 
rjw but impressively portly figure of "the 
boss", From the tip of his toes to the 
imported suit, fofly loc*i every inch the 
classic Hollywood Italian, a mixture of 



Danny Devito and Don Colioni, a man 
who'd look equally at home with a 
shooter, as opposed to the phone which 
occasionally appeared welded to his hand. 

After a brief gesture to take a seal, 
Tony heads back to the telephonic tray 
with the poor 'unfortunate on the other 
end, a man doing his best to stand up 
against a barrage of high-speed Italian 
occasionally interspersed with snippets ol 
English. 

After a few moments the battle is over 
and he turns his attention lo yours truly, 
muttering perhaps his favourite phrase, 
"Bunch of crooks", 

Once recognised as friend rather than 
foe, a welcoming smile spreads across his 
face, immediately followed by a hand- 
shake and an order for two Espressos. 
After a few more pleasantries it is down to 



Hands on - how a product Is created 



Chris Allen, the head ol Powers in house development team, is 
the man responsible for many of the company's hardware pro- 
jects, I asked him how Power went about treating a product 
and what was the key to a successful release? 

"The first job, and by tar the most difficult, is picking the 
pruject itself. The Amiga is the ideal platform for gadgets and 
add-nn\ bul you must identify a need and produce Ihe right 
product In fill thai particular gap in I hp market. 

simply revamping old ideas isn't enough to be swcesfui 
it must l)e an original Idea or at l&nM a radical approach to an 
existing problem, 

"Or»M the project is selected, the next job Si to plan an 
approach to the particular problem, Once a solution appears 
it's time to head for my machine and its ever present CAD 
package, rktsely followed by (he programming of ihe chffM 

I BWtwef, 

"In the bad old days, sometime hundreds ol individual 
chips were needed in produce I single product Now I employ 
t'.iK and Gits or logic chips if you prefer which riiIh tt> 
design process much lailri 

"A sitigk- Gal can lake Ihe place (il tip In 20 standard chips 



\ I Amiga Computing April 1992 



but the real beauty comes when we start de-hugging a prod- 
uct. Because ihe chips are reprogrammable, finding and rectify 
Ing a fault doesn't mean that the whole thing need be 
re-buml. 

"Now we just remove the offending bit of sMfcon and repro- 
gram it. Whan all's weil, 
a PCS is finalised and 
the prototype pro- 
duced. Thanks to the 
rH'W design methods a 
six month product can 
now be turned around 
i lie as a month," 

The use of pro 
grammable and, more 
to ill' |>"iiii readable 
chips does pnsr the nagging problem nl piracy I pul Nils lo 
( hik jihI Ih- SOCHI put my mind a rest by adding thai <hh< the 
programming process was complete, a Special security (use 
williui the chips can hi 1 Mown malting it virtually impmslble lo 



nd 



the serious Stuff with a few thoughts on 
the Amiga scene from the man who 
knows the business better than arvyone. 

Tony mentioned in the question-and- 
answer session [see interview box) that the 
market was flooded with cheap replicas of 
his and other developers' products, How 
come they were being undercut? After all, 
if their competitors can do it, why can't 
they? After a quick lesson in what's best 
described as everyday Italian, Tony calmed 
down to explain that a number of factors 
make the difference, 

"First there's no development cost if 
you blatantly rip off others. Secondly, little 
or no product testing ever takes place. 
Thirdly, there's no tech support. But per- 
haps most worrying of alt is that many 
manufacturers have taken to usmq my- 
ded components!" - something which he 
and other big names would never do. 



Recycled 



The recycling point instantly raised 
another question. If indeed other suppliers 
are dealing in second-hand kit, how could 
the average punter tell the good from the 
bad, and if they did, what should they do 
about it? 

"Well, first and foremost, if you pay for 
a new product and it obviously isn't, send 
il back and demand a refund, and it you're 
not happy with the results get straight on 
lo the trading standards. 

"Actually spotting the offending hard- 
ware isn't thai simple bill there are a few 
tell-tale points which give the game away, 
Often second-hand chips are scratched or 
show obvious signs of wear, such as faded 
or worn serial numbers and stamp mark- 
ings. 

"Secondly, if the chips have been sur- 
face mounted or simply cut from their 
sockets, the legs wilf be extremely short in 
comparison to new components. 

"At the moment, this recycling is 
mainly restricted to RAM expansions and 
other mass production items, so spotting 
the chips shouldn't be that tricky. If you 



Profile 




Paul Austin takes a trip to little Italy and talks to Tony laniri, 
the man behind one of the biggest names in the business 



have any doubts, enquire with trie Sup- 
plier immediately. And as I said, if you're 
still not satisfied send it back. You paid for 
a new product and that's what you should 
get 

I had to mention that Power weren't 
adverse to the odd bit of product re -hadg- 
ing, just. I : ike everyone else. In reply, Tony 
admitted that products such as the new 
scanner were indeed third-party bul in 




this case it was Power's own software, 
developed in-house, that make* it special. 

I asked Tony what he thought 
Commodore could do to improve the 
Amiga's after-sales service. This brought 
on a flood of suggestions, the most inter- 
esting of which was the installation of 
dedicated Commodore points throughout 
Che UK, a system which already ewsts in 
Europe but as yet has failed to appear over 
here.. These regional satellites would han- 
dle not onry the sale but any necessary 
technical support for the machine. 

Then when problems arose, faulty kit 
could be taken directly to the local Corn- 
point and replaced Instantly as opposed to 
the often painfully slow process of dealing 
withr-MG. 

Another point mentioned was 
Commodore'! Insistence on faulty kit 
being accompanied by its supplied pack- 
aging. Why a punter or supplier can't 
send products in any suitable packaging 



The Italian inquisition 

Has the Amiga peaked, or Is there it I II room for expansion? 

No, no, not even close, the machine is going from, strength to strength. With 
approaching 200.000 Amigas sold over the Christmas period, the market is just as 
strong as ever, and with little or no competition the sky's the limit. 

What do you think is the key to successful business within the Amiga market? 

Above all else, you must lead rather than follow in the wake of, others. This is what 
Power do better than any other company in the business. We don't wait tor things to 
happen, we make them happen! The Amiga is the perfect platform for gadgets and 
new applications. If you can isolate a need and cater for it, the possibilities are.end- 
less. 

f>o you think there's any opposition for the Amiga on the horizon? 

At the moment none at all. The only real opposition is the ST and to be honest that's 
a dying market. Having said that, the STE is a good machine but vastly overpriced. 
The iame applies, to the TT. 

If Atari would consider matching Commodore's pricing policy they could make a 
dint in the market, but it's highly unlikely they will. Even so, we'll continue to sup- 
port the ST, after all there's a lot of machines out there. 

Do you think the console explosion is going to damage the machine? 

No chance, the console thing is just a passing phase strictly aimed at the kids, If any- 
one seriously considers consoles as opposition to the Amiga, they probably won't be 
old enough to afford one, or use it if they could. Considering the average console 
retails around £&Q, any Amiga owner who wants one is unlikely to have to sell their 
machine to get it, 

What, If anything, do you think makes Power stand out from the 
crowd? 

Unique product*, original and novel ideas with full tech support far 
the whole range, Lots of other companies chum out product after 
product simply copying the ideas of others without a care for the 
user, if we cannot support a product we don't cany it, it's as simple as 
that. 

In the short term, simply flooding the market with cheap, unsupported 
products, will make profits., but rf you want to remain in business you must Stay 
ahead or the game and provide a quality service regardless of cost. 

Equally as important as our marketing policy is Power's in-house development. 
Unlike many companies we develop a wide range of our own products rather than 
simply becoming the middle man for the big developers. True, we do carry third- 
party equipment, but a healthy percentage is all ours, 




proved to be a sore point with uncle 
Tony. 

The final complaint was Commodore's 
12-day replacement poky. At present, if 
your machine develops a hiccup after the 
32nd day of ownership. Commodore's 
policy insists that the offending article be 
sent to FMC, again provoking the usual 
FMG delay. 

The Future 

Before I left for the long trek north, i 
asked Tony what Power has planned for 
the immediate future. This brought some 
interesting revelations, one of which could 
revolutionise the addition ol a hard disJk to 
a standard machine. Until more details 
appear it's perhaps best to simply whet 
you/ appetite and leave it at that. 
Nevertheless keep a close eye on Power if 
you 're in the market For hard drive! 

In the coming year Tony intends to 
concentrate solely on hardware, dropping 
all software whilst increasing the design 
and release of hardware especially within 
the music fleU. 

Music is the number one priority in '92 
and Pqwer are busy planning a 
whole range musical add-ons which 
should start to appear within the next few 
months. 

In general, the Amiga is still their 
premier market but there are plans to 
produce a range of Power 25/33 MHz 

PCs concentrating solely in the 486 

marfcet with S-VCA monitors, a mini- 

"* t murn of four meg on board plus a 

* selection of 40/60/ 100 Mb hard 

~ disks in both tower and desktop 
formats. 

I'd like to thank Power 
'r> Computing and espe- 
cially Tony lanlrl tor the 
frank conversion, honest 
opinions and classic Italian hospitality. 

All that's left is to wish both Tony and 
his company good iuck for the coming 
year, though I doubt they'll 
need it 



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UllraOeflan i tAOVrrtrr program 
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One of the most prominent pub- 
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The packages were tested against the 
other! reviewed in previous months - you 
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Aptly named, IntroCAD a not designed 
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being capable of producing superb quality 
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IntroCAD is extremely bask. Hence 
IntraCAD Plus was created to address some 
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whilst sacrificing only a very little of ease of 
use. Among Other things, it adds ARex.x 
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Informative 

UltraDesign is not rented lo IntroCAD in 
any way. It tries to offer absolutely every- 
thing anyone could ewer wish lor in a 2D 

draughting system, It has a patkuiariy con- 
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IntraCAD has a semi-skimmed handbook 
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used by very inexperienced users. 

Additional documentation is supplied on 
the program disk. This isn't a much of a 
bind Si it sounds, tor only the technical stuff 
about file formats and printer driver cre- 
ation is stuck there. Most users won't ever 
need this Information, as a reasonable 
range of driven is supplied. 

IntroCAD Pfus actuaHy has a better man- 
ual tor beginners than IntraCAD, even 
though it is a more complex program! It 
describes how the mouse is used, menu 





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items and disk installation for every conceiv- 
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gram, rather than a proper "let's draw an 
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the program is simple enough not ta 
require a full tutorial - it doesn't support 
complex, objects such as dimensions, 
spSnes or fillets, after all, 

UltraDesign is a 
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1 .1 update, which covers all the features in 
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the drawing of a modem case, but a small 
section at the end deals with building up a 
parts library. Although very clearly wnbten, it 
suffers from being very verbose - 1 lost inter- 
est half way through. 

The main manual suffers from a ghastly 
index, Items are listed under headings, but 
none of these 
headings are cross- 
referenced. It's a 
case erf finding the 
right synonym, 
and then the rest 
of the hunt 
becomes easy. 
Unfortunately, 
Roget's doesn't 
contain any words 
to do with CAD. 
Even though the 



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development teams, they alt use the same 
basic mouse convention, the "Left button - 
OK, Right button - Cancel" regime made 
popular by AutoCAD, It's fine on a machine 
where the right, button hasn't got any other 
use, but oo the Amiga you sometimes won- 
der whether a menu is going to appear or 
the current action will be cancelled. 

UltraDesign also implements crosshairs, 
possibly the most, valuable alignment tool 
for quick drawing there is. They do shim- 
mer a lot on an interlace screen, but the 
convenience outweighs the headaches. 

Toolbox menu 

IntroCAD does everything from simple 
Intuition menus to submenus. Nothing too 
compter here, but since the program runs 
on an interlaced high resolution 16-colour 
screen, there is a noticeable delay in render- 
ing the menus. 

IntroCAD Plus follows the same pattern 
as its smaller sibling, but has gained a very 
handy toolbox menu, which allow? the pen 
colour, hatch pattern and layer to be 
changed. This menu is small enough to 
keep on the screen all the lime. 

There are also icon menus down the left- 
hand side of the screen. Unlike DynaCAOD, 
which changes its menus as the command 
context changes, these icons depend on 
which drawing mode the program is in - 
Dne of line, ellipse, text, dimension or 
hatch. 

Now the flipside. I've said it many times, 
but screen update speed makes or breaks a 
program. None of these programs are par- 
ticularly slow in absolute terms, but: when 
compared to X-CAD, they grind 

One of the IntroCAD example files was 
exported to X-CAD 2000 {last time's best- 
on-test) and UftraDesigpi, IntroCAD redrew 
in 21 seconds, IntroCAD Plus in 21, and 
JIlraDesign m a snore-inducing 44 seconds, 
X-CAD 2000 did it in just Dver nine sec* 
iinrii. 

The reason why other CAD packages 
aren't as fast as X-CAD evades me. Life is 
too short to hang around for mere soft- 
ware! 

You're not going to believe this - 1 didn't 
- but neither flavour Df IntroCAD can 



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Software 




Special features chart 



dimension objects. Correct me if I'm wide 
of the mark here, but isn't the whole kJea 
behind CAD to produce nice drawings 
with sizes marked or them? 

UltraDesign has pretty adequate 
dimension handling. It cannot handle tol- 
erances in a dimension, but this is not a 
major issue if the drawing is subject to an 
overall tolerance, Still, it does mean that 
drawing component! with critical fits is 
difficult. 

IntfoCAD drives printers directly, with- 
out recourse to Preferences. Instructions 
are given on how to create a printer 
parameter file if your printer isn't already 
supported - IntroCAD comes with a few 
drivers, Plus comes with a whole lot more. 
A similar technique is used to drive plotters 
- most normal device* are supported, with 
Instructions on how to drive other devices. 

A separate paste-up program (called, 
not surprisingly, PasteUp) handles all the 
output from UltraDesign. Large drawings 
can be output from Preferences to dot 
matrix printers on multiple sheets, and 
taped together to make the final draw- 
ing. Scaling and rotation of the drawing 
is done with the mouse, and the results 
can be previewed in very low resolution 
onsoeen. 

PasteUp plotter support is not as good 
as IntroCAD, Roland, Houston or HP- 
compatible plotter drivers are supplied 
with the package. These cannot be 

The verdict 

All the programs have their strong 
pewits. IntroCAD is simple, IntroCAD Plus 
tan do clever things with ARexx, and 
UltraDesign locks nice. 

Something is lacking from all of them, 
though. I couldn't live without spline 
curves (missing from all thFee} or without 
dimensioning (IntroCADs). Sure, the 
addition of ARexx and other niceties add 
interest, but the absent features {and 
very absent speed) couldn't persuade me 
to recommend the programs, They are 
just ever so slightly expensive, too- 

X-CAD stli rules the roost rt may be 
sllghtiy tncky to learn, but it's faster and 
better than any of the Progressive offer- 
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altered, as they are executable files. 

PasteUp does have the useful 
plus point of supporting PostScript 
output to laser printers, Of 
Encapsulated PostScript Format 
(EPSF) for inclusion in DTP pack- 
ages. The PostScript output looki 
good - the EPSF output is not 
properly scaled unless tiie drawing 
reaches to the very edges of the 
page. 

IntroCAD Plus has very simple 
layer handling. - 1 6 layers, all acces- 
sible from the menu Of toolbox, 
with on/off controls. No user oi 
IntroCAD would ever need more 
layers, and even users of more 
advanced systems seldom do. The 
basic IntroCAD doesn't support lay. 
en at all. 



Version tested 

Type 

System requ irements 

Price 



Command Inpul 



Command line 
icon menus 
Expression calculator 
Crosshairs 
Tablet support 
journal file 



Multiple fonts 
Font editor 



Dimensioning 



Default system 
Dimension alignment 
Tolerance input 



Multiple view 
3D surface 
Rendering 
Ray tracer output 



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Outrageous 

At the other end of the scale, 
UltraDesign supports an outra- 
geous 65,535 separate named lay- 
ers. A fully expanded Amiga would 
probably have difficulty han-dling 
these layers if they were empty, so 
this is quite unnecessary, 

As regards part grouping, 
IntroCAD supports it by necessity. 
Every Item in IntroCAD (and Plus) is 
built up from line segments, and 
more complex, items (such as arcs 
and tent) are simply groups of 
lines. Objects can be grouped fur- 
ther, and stored or recalled as 
parts. 

Again, UltraDesign attempts to 
the best. Not only is grouping sup- 
ported, but groups are arranged in 
full hierarchy. Parts can be called in 
from libraries, and reports can be 
built up from part attribute lists. Pretty 
neat stuff - and all called up from 
requesters, too, X-CAD could learn 
something from this. 

IntroCAD comes with a couple of 
interesting utilities for making graphs. 
Multiplot makes 2D plots of multiple 
data sets, while 3DPIot makes hidden- 
line contour maps of 3D data. Plots from 
these can be imported into IntroCAD, or 
plotted directly to an HP-compatible 
device. 



DXF 

Aegis Draw 
HPGL impart 



Plotter 

Printer 

Screendump 

IFF 

PostScript 



Miscellaneous 



Man layers 
Object attributes 

Co-processor support 
Bitmap Import 
Online help 
Screen mode 
Multiple drawings 



UltraDesign 
1.1{4S)-F 

2D 

1Mb RAM, 2 FD 
£1QQ 



Yes 
Yes 

No 
Yes 

No 

Ves, plus ARexx 



Yes 

No 



Imperial 

Automatic 
None 



n/a 
n/a 
n/a 
n/a 



Yes 

Yes 
Yes 



Roland, Houston, HP 

via Preferences 

No 

Yes 

Yes, plus EPSF 



65,535 
Ys 

Optional 
No 
No 

Hi-res only 
No 



Both of the above utilities are public 
domain. Indeed, Multiplot has been 
considerably developed by Dr Alan 
Baxter of Harvard Medical School, and 
has become an extremely powerful and 
Intuitionised graph tool. 

IntroCAD Plus also comes with a ver- 
sion of" Multiplot. This particular revision 
can use ARexx to draw graphs directly 
onto the IntroCAD Plus screen, saving 
the bother of importing a 
data file into the program. 



IntroCAD Plus 

3.07 

2D 

1Mb RAM, 2 FD 
£99.95 



Yes 
Yes 



None 

n/a 

n/a 



No 

Export only 
No 



Any 
Any 
Yei 
Yes 
No 



16 

No 

Supplied 

No 

via ARexx 

Med-res, hi-res 

No 



IntroCAD 

2.0 

2D 

1Mb RAM, 2 FD 
£59.95 



Yes 


No 


No 


No 


No 


NO 


No 


S D 


No 


No 


Yes, plus ARexx 


No 



No 

No 



None 

n/a 

n/a 



n/a 


n/a 


n/a 


n/a 


n/a 


n/a 


n/a 


n/a 



No 

Export only 
No 



Arty 
Any 
Ves 
Yes 

No 



None 

No 

No 

No 

No 

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No 



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Arena Integrated Accounts 99.64 

Caahtoc* Cofflbinatinn 54.99 

Cashboofc Controller , „3? 60 

EasyLedgers Integrated 153.46 

Home Accounts. ? 39.95 

Personal Finance Manager 25 65 

System 3 Integrated 3395 

BOOKS 40 Unas Stocked 

1st Book Of Amiga 16,96 

2nd Book Of Amiga ...16.95 

661300 Asm Lan F^ogrammiiig .21.95 

Amiga 3D Gtx Prgrmg In Basic 18 45 

Amiga 500 Manual 9.9S 

Amiga Ariv System Prgra Guide 32.95 

Amiga Asm Lang Programming 1*95 

Amiga Basic Inside 6 0u1 . 15-95 

Amiga C Fe* Adv Programmers 32.95 

Amiga C For Beginners IB 45 

Amiga Desklop WJeo GuKl» ...1845 

Amiga D«k Wives In a Oil * 27.95 

Amiga For Beginners 15.95 

Amiga Grapnic? tnsKte S Cvl 32.95 

Amiga Programmers Handbook V1 .. .24.95 

Amiga System Progrs Guide 3295 

AmigaDOS 2 Compar non 23 45 

AmigaDOS Inside S Oul ... 1 645 

AmigaDOS Reference Guide 14 95 

CBM ROW Kernel! Incs 4 Oo« 29 95 

CBM Hardware Flef Manual ...21.95 

CBM ROM Kernel Libraries £9.95 

CBM ROM Kernel Rat Devices 29.95 

CBM Service Manual A50u_ _ 14.95 

CBM Schematics A20O0 Raw 6 14.95 

CBMTncnnical Ret A50Q.'A20QO 39.35 

C BM Trie AmigaDOS Manual 2 1 ,95 

Fractal Programming In C 26.75 

Inside Amiga Graphics _ 1&95 

Introduction To TeX ..SI 95 

KirJsslart Guide To The Amga . . . 14.95 
Kids And The Amiga 



Learning C Program Graphics . .. .16,95 
Lrnla Red Workbench 2 Boo* , ,, . 14.95 
Making MuSiC On Arrkoa * Dish .... .27.95 

Mapuing The Arrriga 2095 

More Tricks And Tips .16.45 

Programming The 680QO 23.95 

TeX for Ihe impatient , 22.95 

The Amiga Handbook £4.95 

The Home Compuler Book 7.95 

Using ARex* On Amiga * Disk 32 45 

CABLES 100 LirtM Slock.d 

D£3S OponEnd MoniJor ..11-26 

CSSS.'EPrwnc-Scart Monfor . 12 69 

D23S-D15SNECMulti$ync30 ..14.10 

D23S-09P 2M IBM CGA Monitor 12.22 

D23P-D23S 0.5M Extender .. 13.63 

D2SP-C3SP 2 Metre Printer 6.56 

D25P-D25P 9 Wine 2 Metre Modem . . 1 1 .SB 

D25P-D25P25Wire2Me1re 13.16 

DIN5P-DIN5P2MWIDIC*t*i ....5.17 

Null Modem Cable 2M 11,75 

Null Modern Cat*. 5M . 1 5.96 

Muril Modem Cable 1 0M , .1 9 90 

Gander Changer D25S-D25S 7.99 

Parafel F4e Transfer , .35- 72 

Socfeef D23S WHh Hood . .,.5.17 

Switch Bo* D25S 2 Wiy . . .19.74 



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Comms PD (2 dteks) 



.,4,70 



COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN 

3D Construction Kit 44,65 

Design Works 59 69 

Draw 4D Professional ., , 229.63 

Pro NhstBcard 2c 179 54 

Professional Draw 2 9964 

X CAD2000 , ' gg.&i 

X CAD3000 * 349,-BP, 

DATABASE MANAGERS 

Homeoase „ Haw 29.6] 

Image Finder 4992 

IrrroFita 46.06 

Mailshol Plus 35.01 

rAcwfsehe Frier 54.99 

Organise , 1 9.74 

Prodata 1 ,2*. 69.56 

Superoasa Personal 26.79 

Superaase Personal 2 34.78 

Superbasa Professional 4 , 1 7g 54 

Weather Watchen'Recerder ,,.,..„ 25.3S 

DESKTOP PUBLISHIMO 

AmigaTeX Drii/^rs (eaehr 5i2.64 

AmigaTeX Typesetting 1 1 1.39 



GRAPHICS 

Animation Studio (Disney} , 79.90 

Comrc Sefler 44.65 

DHtuxe Pholelab,.., 5640 

DeluKO Paint 4.._ .64 .66 

Oalime Peinl 3, .„._„ 4&.8S 

Deluxe V^jeo 3 , rjg gri 

Digl Pant 3 „,.„ .....54.05 

tew Peint .„.,. 14.95 

Imagine 3D Modelling/Anim ,1 63,67 

Naksha Scanner .109.96 

Parnate Image System 39.95 

Real 3D Beoinn&rs 1.3 1 19.55 

Real 3D Turt» 2Mb 329.94 

Senna Generator Landscapes 36.72 

Scenery Animator . ,., 69.56 

Sculpt Animala 40 2Mb ,,.,337,23 

Sharp Colour Scanner & SAW ,,.,. 599.72 

Vrala Professional 3Mb 79.90 1 

HA ItO WARE 

3 5" External [; $k Drive 56.75 

3J* Internal A20O0 Drive ,$e 75 

5,25" Exiarnal DisK Drive 1 33.01 

512KA500RAUClOCk.'Switch 29.61 

Amiga 1500 With Software 579,98 

Amiga 1500 With Two i Drives 519.82 

Amiga 1500 With One Drive 469.74 

Amiga 3000 SSJulhx,' 1 00Mb 2629,65 

Armga 3QO0 1 6Mnz. > 40wtj 1999.85 

AT Ones 80286.1 BMhl Emulator t99.75 

CMB6$020'382.'U.3Mhz2Mb 379.76 

CBM AT Bridgeboard 469.53 

CBM XT Bridoeljoarcl 199.75 

CBM Display Enftanoar ■ 219-96 

Chip SCS Danise * 39.95 

Cnip' Fatter Agnus .........................61.10 

Chip Gary 1 9,74 

Chip E56K CMOS RAM 6.11 

Cfiip ROM Kicksla/1 1.3 30.55 

Chifj ROM Kioisslan 2.04 , -34.78 

Dig» View Go(d 4 digliiser 109.98 

GVP Digijat Sound Studio 59.69 

GVP FJ803u,'9S2 22MHz 1 -I3M6, .. .539.56 
GVP G ■ Force oanjB82.'40Mhz/4M ...949.67 
GVP 66O30/BS2 50MHz 4-32Mb...- 154959 

GVP O-Fofce 040^28Mhj • Ouary 

0VP 1Mb SIMM for above 64.66 

GVP 4Mb SIMM lor above 229 63 

GVPe0266,'-i6Mhi for A500HD 289.99 

QVP A20OD SCSI 0-BMb Ram ..1 S9.67 

GVP A20O0 52Mb 0-SMb FLam 279.65 

GVP A2UQ0 1 05Mb Qm HD 0-6Mb . . 469.53 

GVP A20OO 2-6Mb RAM tard ...169.67 

GVPA50rl52UrjQmHDQ-Sr* 369.69 

GVP A500 1 05Mb QmHD r>6Mb . . ..559.77 

GVP (V24 24 Bit Graphics 1599.88 

GVP PhonePak FanMai Card * Query 

Neksha Mouses Game 29.61 

Power Supply 1dt Amga 500 49J2 

Quantum 52Mb SCSI Hard Disk 1 99 75 

SCS-I Hard Drive Case £ PS-U , 119.85 

SupraRAM A500 2-aMb,,,,,. 179.54 

INTEGRATED PACKAGES 

Appetizer Wordpro-'MusiC 30.55 

Graphics Starter Kit ,,56,40 




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Go*J Dak Type- Designer,, .....32.90 

Gold Dtfik Type: Video 32.90 

Outline Fonrs 99.64 

Paflw S a Hf 2 45.59 

Pioenream 2.2 2Mb 1 69.67 

Pro Crips Structured Art ..23.97 

PiL*a5!jJ0njl Page 2.1 2Mb 169.67 

Saxon. Publisher 2haj 1 99.75 

DUST COVERS (All Oelux a Buff | 

MonftDiS 14" 1084/6633., 9.67 

Amiga 500- 7.99 

EDUCATION 

D-s1antSMns4 , 59.69 

Matns Advenlure 24.91 

Maga Malhs A Leva) ., _ 24.44 

n*cra Englsfi fGCSEl...,., 23.97 

Mkcrc French (GCSEj 23 97 

MkSro Malhs f.GCSE) 23.97 

Money Maflfirt UK [Under OS 19.74 

My Paint 2 24.91 

Picture Book (Under 8) 19.74 

Primary WslFiS Course ,24.44 

Target Maths 19.74 

EDITORS 

CyghuS Ed Professional 2 59.69 

TurboText , sg.69 



Office By GDttOisk.. 
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MULTIMEDIA 

AmigaViSiOn I Commodore I .95.69 

Hyparbook (Gold Disk) 4g,82 

PROGRAMMING 

AMOS 3D 29.6? 

AMOS Compiler 24.9T 

AMOS Creator 1.32 34.78 

AFtera ,,.,,. 33,64 

ARabi Tonfe ,.„„„„ 49.82 

C PC (5 Disks) 9.B7 

Davpac 2 Macro Assembler 43 7 1 

Devpac 3 Macro Assembler New 54.99 

OFA Basic Compiler 23.97 

GFA Basic Interpreter 29.$1 

HiSOH. Pascal Compiler , Haw 84.60 

Lattice 05,1 159.80 

Power Windows , 69.69 

risbons 

6 CBM MPS 1230 25.3$ 

6CBMMPS15O0 31.Q2 

3 CBM MPS150OC Colour .36.86 

6 Citizen 120D (MPS1200J 19.T4 

SOUND 

Audiomasler 4 Software 49.82 

Audition 4 Software 43.71 

B,v-, y. - : ;ios ProlasEional ,,..,219,96 

Irrrein el Sound Kit 56.40 

Deluxe Music Conslrvdion Kit 54.99 

GVP Digital Sound Studio 59.69 

MIDI Plug Interface 25.38 

Music- X Junio/ ,.,, 66.27 

Sequencer One 74.73 

Sonix 2 Composer 49 62 

Sound Trap 3 SHmpler 30. 55 

SoundMaSfer & AudioMaster ,,.,„, ,.109.99 

Slereg Master Sound Sempler 34,78 

SuparJAM! Corr^josof . Haw 89.77 

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Advantage 32006x32000 sa.&fi 

DGCale 512k52 30.56 

Superplan2p4$iiH)24 49.64 

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Arri-Back SCSI Backup 49-62 

BAD Disk OpIimiEier 34.78 

BBC EmuUH 35.72 

Byte 'NBackHD Backup 19.74 

Cross DOS File Tranafer..„ 24.91 

Directory Manager 35.72 

Di5fc Maater2 , 49.82 

Doctor Ami Memory A Disk Doc 40.89 

GB Route Plus 59.69 

Mavis BeaDon Teaches Typing 27.73 

Personal FonlK Maker 49.82 

QueitertiBck Hard D«k Toote 59.69 

TurObPrint Professional.., HaW 44.65 

X Copy PfcrassionBj ,37.60 

VIDEO 

BroerJCSSI TrllBf 184,01 

Digi View Media Station Haw 13!9.59 

GD Video Fonts Decor 1 , ... NaW 64.86 

HitacM HV720 Camere & Lens 204.45 

Home Tiller ,.34,78 

Rendala 9602 Genlock 199.88 

PiOcGen Genlock With Dissolve 99.64 

Seals Presenlations 1 79,54 

Scala 500 New 79.90 

SnowMaker 199.75 

Video Ease TrtJe* 3790 

Vrdao Complete Colour Solution 159.80 



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KidsType 

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GW-BASIC For BeginnSfS (PC) 14.95 

DISK FOR BOOK 

Amiga 3D Gfa Prog m Basic 1 2,22 

QAMES 

Back To The Fulure II ,..,.7,05 

BartSarian: Palace 5.17 

Balman: Ocean gj7 

Blasteroifls: Image Works. ,.„,„ .9J7 

Captain Planet: MlndScape 11,75 

Crack Down: US Gold ,,.,,. 14.95 

DataSlor m: Visionary ,.,5.17 

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6 Moiion: USGotd,-,.. 5.17 

EH: Ocean „ 13.63 

F29 Retallalor: Ocean 14.95 

Grand Monster Slaw Ftainbow 5.17 

Interphase: Image Works. 11.75 

Journey, Irtfocom NaW 24.44 

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Midwinter: Ramblrd 13.63 

Night Breed: Ocean .,, 7.05 

Popului & Promised Lands 19.74 

Poputus Pnomised Lands Only 7.05 

Powerrtrome Electrorfc Arte 15,51 

Powerplay: Aroena .5.17 

Puinie: Ocean .,,,,9.87 

Reinfcig* Islands-; Ocean , ,9.87 

Resolution lOl:Mlleniuffl 9.57 

Revenge II: Jeff Minler , 5.17 

Rockel ftang^f MirrorBolt ,,,..15 51 

Shadow Of The Beast; Psvgn 11.75 

Shutflepuck Cafe: Domark 5.17 

5imOly6 Terrain Editor ,,.,t9,?4 

Soccer: Microproso .5.17 

Spilling Image: Domark ,...10.34 

Slar GMar: Argonaut ...9.87 

Tha Running Man: Grandslam 13,16 

The Simpsons: Acclaim 14.95 

Their Finesl Hour Flight Sim 14.57 

Toki: Ocean , 13.53 

TowerOf Babal: Ralnfcird 5.17 

Trained Assasain: Dig Magic 13.16 

Wizfiall : Oceart , 5.17 

Xenon: Metjgurrie HouSa .6.93 

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Seikoshg QP1O0A m 2 Printer 69.77 

Vidi Amiga 8 Vidichnoms 89.77 

Vidi RGB Colour Splitter 58.69 

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Appetizer: Gold Disk 29.61 

Arena Accounts: ASAP B9.77 

Comic Setter; Ga*i Disk 24.91 

Deluxe Paint I: Else. Arts 14.57 

Deluxe Paint III: Etec. Arts 39.95 

Deluxe Productions NTSC: EA 29.61 

Deluxe Video 1 .2: Ehec Arts ,,24,91 

Digi Paint (HAM Newlek 14.57 

Ofgt Pain! 3HAM: Newtek 39.95 

Fanlavisiori: Ekodarbund ...... .,,.,, .,,24.91 

Forma In Flight: MK3B Magic 49,62 

HiSotl Devpac version 1 24.44 

Home Office Kit WP.'DTP'SP/DB , 59.69 

MIDlSynergy v1 CSource 29.61 

Music X. Junior Micro lllus 59.59 

Pagesiream V1 .8: Sehtogk .69.56 

Penpal Wordprocassor ,49.62 

Personal Accounls Plus 19. 74 

Photon Paint , 19.74 

Parnate: Progressiva .,..,29.61 

Professional Page 13 DTP 99.64 

Sprite Paint: Best 24.44 

Studio Magic Sound Woiiujnop) 29.61 

Texterall WOrdprorassor 1 9.74 

The Works Platinum (BurUte) 39.95 

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Reviews 



Of all the word processor pack- 
ages available for the Amiga, 
Protect is probably the one 
which would benefit most from a bit of 
extra beginner's help, lb complex com- 
mand interface and macro Functions are 
well documented in the manual, but for 
the average compu- phobic user they 
often appear baffling and even hosllk to 
the uninitiated. 

The tutorial video is a Premier Video 
production from Amor themselves, so 
one would expect it to home in or the 
sort of problems most users encounter 
with the program's more esoteric func- 
tions. After all, Amor have been around 
long enough to have amassed a moun- 
tain of feedback from their customers. 

Disappointed 

I was disappointed, therefore, to find 
the first third of the 90- minute tape dedi- 
cated to basic functions, such as high- 
lighting blocks of text and moving them 
around documents. These operations 
must, I suppose, confuse some users at 
first, but there' are surely very lew who 
give up at this stage, especially when you 
consider the generally high quality of' the 
manual supplied with Protect 

As the video progresses, things 
improve considerably, and many of the 
program's more problematic features are 
covered in convincing fashion. Individual 
sections, which are preceded by a Spln- 



Judging by the number of letters 
we receive from despairing reacted 
which are really just tales of woe 
involving a variety of dot matriaed and 
bubble-jetted fiends, you'd think the 
average printer's mission in life was to 
cause as much misery as possible. In par- 
ticular, the swarm of users who come to 
grief over graphic printing reaches holo- 
caust-like proportions some months. 

Frustrated 

TURBOprint Professional (TPP) is aimed 
at exactly these poor unfortunates and 
seeks to form a UiS,er friendly bridge 
between the frustrated human and the 
smugly recalcitrant heap of concentrated 
obstinacy more commonly referred to in 
rather more unrepeatable terms, which 
we'll call a printer for now. To an extent. 



Words and pictures 



Stevie Kennedy goes back to school 
with the Protext tutorial video 



ning title with DPaint III written all 
over it, cover set- 
ting up templates, __ 1 
using columns, set- JS^ 
ting up standard 
sentences and mail- 
ing lists, generating 
labels, and using the 
incremental variables 
and calculation modes. 

My only gripe with 
the latter part of the tape 
Is that its topics could 
have been covered in 
more depth if a certain level ol user 
knowledge had been assumed to begin 
with. Ten full minutes are wasted on 
explaining printer effects such as under- 
line and bold, when the time would have 
been much better spent examining the 
much more complex - and more useful - 
command mode and exec files. 

That said, the video is easy to watch, 
the tutor has a fairly engaging way about 




him (despite the odd bland remark), 
and recording quality is reasonable. 
There's a bit of music at the begin- 
ning and little snippets, play as each 
section is introduced, which helps 
to break up the lengthy hour arid 
a half session. 

The lessons progress in a logi- 
cal fashion from start to finish 
and the tutor never lapses into 
technoblarb, so beginners 
should feel at home. 
On the other hand there is 
no real attempt to refer to the Protext 
manual, and the tutor doesn't encourage 
the viewer to switch off and practice a 
particular lesson. There's no overview of 
what the beginner should have learned 
from each iection,either. 

In other words, there is little interac- 
tion between "pupil" and tutor, and 
unless you take the decision to switch off 
at various points yourself, the tutorial 
becomes one long sit-back-and-watch 



Inky fingers 

A program that'll improve your printer's 
output? Stevie Kennedy takes a look 



it succeeds, but whether it is worth its 
£49.93 asking price is something I've a 

few doubts about. When run, the pro- 
gram sits in the background and is reset- 
proof (causing no end of alarm to the 
army of virus-checkers guarding my sys- 
tem). The user can ignore it completely 
from then on as it intercepts all normal 
Workbench printer requests and uses its 




Tfatte artpttrrtr 
af drivers tv 

p good attitkm 
<*f tinker aplwn* 



own printer drivers and preferences set- 
tings rather than the usual sorry 
Workbench lot. To configure TPP, there is 
an all-encompassing TURBOprint prefer- 
ences program which, as it opens on a 
Workbench screen and has standard gad- 
gets, should be familiar to anyone who's 
used the prefs program supplied with 
their machine. TPP prefs is splil into four 
sections, covering printer driver selection 
and dithering modes, general prefs set- 
tings, colour control, and a snapshot 
screen saver facility. 

for some unknown reason, the prefs 
default to using Workbench prefs and 
printer driver settings, so you'll have to 
run the TPP prefs program to switch over 
to TPP tor your output. When you do, 
you'll have a generous supply of dither- 
ing options, driver selections for most 
papular printers, and comprehensive 
colour control. 

With a lot of tweaking and experi- 
menting, it is possible to set TPP to 



session. I don't want to end on a nega- 
tive note. 

The Protext tutorial video is a lot bet- 
ter than many I've seen, and would make 
a good Investment for anyone deter- 
mined to master the package's most diffi- 
cult aspects. 



Complex 



It attacks complex features in a simple 

and easy-to-follow fashion and, apart 
from not giving enough time to the really 
tricky bits, has a well balanced approach 
to its subject. 

With a price tag of £24.95, however, I 
can't help thinking it will appeal more to 
the small business and training markets 
more than the dedicated home user, who 
will probably stick with what is a more 
than adequate manual in the first place. 
Perhaps volume 2 will be an 
Improvement? 



The Protext tutorial video is a 

product ol Premier Video 

Phone; 06 1-790 1662 

Price: £24,95 

Available now 



achieve quite impressive results with 24- 
pin printers and 24-pin colour models, 
but the improvement in performance 
isn't nearly as noticeable on a 9-pin , 

There are drivers for laser printers, the 
Canon 6J-130, and HP Deskjet as well as 
dot matrix printers, and they all seem to 
work well, though only non-PostScripl 
laser printers will benefit from TPP as 
PostScript achieves far better output than 
the program could ever aspire to, 



Popul 



■f 

For users of 24-pin dot matrix printers 
and the increasingly popular BJ-130, TPP 
is probably a good buy as long as you are 
besotted with graphics or need better 
quality output than the Workbench 
drivers will supply. 

On the whole, though, the only part 
of the package I will probably use for a 
while Is the excellent screen saver, and 
for 9-pin users there's little point in 
shelling out for this program when you 
could sell your old printer and put the 
£50 towards a decent 24- 
pin. 



TURBOprint Professional is 

a product of IrseeSoft 

Distributor: HE Marketing 

Phone: 0753 686000 

Price; £49.95 

Available now 



Amiga Computing April \992 



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Competitionu 




Win one of ten 
Phoenix ROM 

sharers and 
Kickstart 13/2.04 
ROM chips in our 
system-swapping 

spectacular 



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wneri 01 older 
Amigas can't wait to 
get their hands on the latest 
version <rf Workbench, and A500 Plus own- 
ers would kill to make their machines com- 
patible wttft all existing games software. 
With Atmgo CompuJing'i heip, you could do 
oath at the flick of a switch! 

The Phoenix ROM sharer, from First 
Choice Computers, fits inside your Amiga 
and accepts two Kickstart chips - your 
existing Alp and the 2.04 of 1 , J chip you 



The questions 



1 . What does Kickstart stand for? 
©The act of starting a motorbike in the morning 
The Amiga's built-in operating system 
0A special method used by Albanian sprint swimmers 

2. What is the latest version of Kickstart? ^^^ 

©2.04 

3.00 

0The one with the little orange blob on the top 

3. How many plates of jelly and ice cream can you 
fit on top of a Kickstart chip? 

02.56 
0None 

0Four, as long as you use small plates and don't wobble 
the jelly too much 



need to give your machine 
p h o e N 1 x a dual identity. 

When fitted, a neat little external 
switch is used to flick from one operating 
system to another. If a game doesn't 
work with your A50Q Plus, just turn off 
the machine, flick the switch, and turn 
the Amiga back on again for instant 100 
per cent compatibility. If you're sick of 
playing games, turn off the machine 
again, Nick the switch, and boot up for 
Kickstart 2.04 s excellent new features, 
Nothing could be simpler! 

Could you ever forgive yourself for 
spending £65 when you tould win a 
sharer board and ROM chip for the pnce 
of a stamp? Get that Biro out and 
answer the simple questions below! 

Make sure you specify whether you J 
have an oW Amiga or one of the new 
AS0O Plus machines. That way we'll know 



what sort of Kkkstart chip to send you, 
and as there ate five of each on offer, 
you'll never have a better dunce to catch 
tip with the lonesesl 

The first five correct entries in each cat- 
egory drawn from the bag will win the 
goodies! dosing date; April 2, 1 992. 





Ej finding out what was wrong. I discov- 



you Mv« two colours, say red and 
inscieen to give the perceived colour 

'II. I calculated this equation: 



rolours on pallette 

hut 

io.of perceived colours 



tse hatf the resolution vertically and 
at these figures for the number of 
n interlace (640 x 512) gives you 
►20 x 256, and a Harlequin card (910 
billion (approximately) at a resolu- 

Poul Stewnton, Birmingham 



owners. There will be a newveTWIffiF 
Workstation, called Workstation 2, 
available shortly, which will be 100 per 
cent compatible with the A500 Plus, 
and will include many new or 
revamped programs, including the 
long-awaited SID vi 00. 

SIO leaves a process window open 
on the A500 Pus because Workbench 2 
now attaches a process window - in 
this ease a sort of read-only SheH win- 
dow - to many programs which previ- 
ously opened without one. A( you've 
noticed, this window can be shrunk to 
a fairly small box, but cannot be dis- 
pensed with until SID Is closed down. 

You should look on SID's process 



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Technical He/pEj 



MED medley 

The two features I like the most about 
your CoverDisk are Tune of the Month 

and Game of the Month. I enjoy the 
tunes jo much I decided to create a Tune 
of the Month "Hiti Disk", but when I 
tried to drag the icons across to my dak, 
the tunes no longer worked even though 
they appear to have copied property. 
What have I done wrong? 

Would it be possible to save the Came 
of the Month to a new disk each month 
to save alJ that disk swapping when I play 
my favourite games? I'm new to this CU 
■ark, so please make the answer idiot- 
proof, 

Terry foWrd", Btomjowne 

Most of our tunes are written in MED 
and require the MedPlayer utiFlty to be 
present in the disk's C: directory. 
However, you don't have to mus 
about with CLI to create a compilation 
disk. 

What you must do is copy a went 
CoverDisk, then boot from it, open the 
main disk window, and delete all the 
directories you can see, To do this, 
click once on the icon, then select 
Discard from the Workbench pull- 
down menu (A50G Plus owners can use 
Delete an the Icons menu). 

Once all the directories haw gone, 
you should have an auto booting disk, 
complete with C: directory and 
Med Player, and about 600k free space, 
which is enough to hold four or five 
tunes of the month, 

The tunes should now work fine just 
by double clicking on their icons. 
Pleasant listening. 

Beginner's book 

I am having trouble finding books thai 
explain machine code at the level of the 
beginner. A lot ol books are either so 
crammed that I drown in technicalities, 

or so simplistic that the author's miuitrve 
leap in log!!: leaves me slack jawed! 

The best book I have found isn't even 
for 6SOO0 processors, but for the IBM PC! 
The book I do have for the Amiga is the 




one from the Abacus 
series, yet to me it reads 
like it was written by a super- 
expert who forgets that the rest 
Ol us aren't as gifted, Can you recom- 
mend' anything that would help? 

Vaaghan Ma&in, Dunedin. New Zealand 

From what you say. It sounds like you 
have Abacus's Amiga Machine Language. 
If that is true, then you already have 
probably the most approachable 
machine code guide I've seen. 
Admittedly, though aimed at the begin- 
ner, the book does jump in with both 
feet in places, but the subject is so huge 
and complex there's no avoiding a bit of 
head-scratching, 

Vol could try |ake Commander's 
Amiga Assembly Language Programming, 
available from Computer Manuals on 
(+44) 21 70o 60QQ. As phoning from 
New Zealand is rather pricey, the com- 
pany can be reached at 50 James Road, 
Tyseley, BIRMINGHAM Bll 2fM. The 
reference number for the above book is 
464Z but I'd advise you to stick with the 
Abacus hook and keep hammering away 
at St, With machine code, this is usually 
the only way to learn the language. 



out of puff? 
tputer cracking up? 
We're here to help! 

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Workstation 
worry 

Please can you help? I've recently sold 
my A5G0 in L</o\ir of an A500 Pius, and 
have checked my software collection for 
possible incompatibility problems. To my 
horror, my uarnes mostly worked OK, but 
my favourite utility disk. Workstation, did 
not! 

The computer started to read the 
startup- sequence and all appeared fine 
until just after the SETCLQCK OPT LOAD 
line, when a crash took place, I loaded an 
old version of SID and set about the task 
of finding out what was wrong. I discov- 



Recession digression 



Unfortunately, during the recent recession, J was forced to 
sell my beloved Amiga, but being a dedicated Amiga artist 
IVe kept up with the latesi lech stuff by buying Amiga 
Computing. Anyway, while I still had my Amiga. I found a 
way to get that extra colour out of Hires even though my 
memory wouldn't permit me to do so, 



Basically, It's this - If you have two colours, say red and 
blue, you dither them onscreen to give the perceived colour 
of purple. So what? Well, I calculated this equation: 






*oom 





= Mo. of colours on pallette 
i ■ constant 

: Actual no.ol perceived colours 



OK, fair enough you lose haif the resolution vertically and 
horizontally, but look at these figures for the number oA 
colours! HAM mode In interlace (640 x 512) gives you 
lCr,4&5,?oO colours at 320 x 256, and a Harlequin card (910 

x 576) gives you 175,000 billion (approximately) at * resolu- 
Hon of 455x288, 

Paul Stewnion, Birmingham 

Er ah... yes. Bending too Fow over the turps perhaps? 



ered that the line OPENLQOK >MIL: was 
causing the problem, deleted rt, and my 
Workstation disk now works fine. 

One last gripe: when I open SID on 
my ASD0 Plus, it leaves a huge SID PRO- 
CESS WINDOW onscreen when I shrink 
SID down. Can I do anything about this 
or close it down? 

if / Rouie, Colchester 

Don't wony about Workstation. When 
the original disk was compiled, 
Workbench 2,04 was a dream only 
A 3 000 owners could realise, and the 
disk was aimed at Workbench 1,3 A5O0 
owners, There will be a new version of 
Workstation, called Workstation Z, 
available shortly, which will be 100 per 
cent compatible with the A5Q0 Plui, 
and will include many new or 
revamped programs, including the 
long-awaited SID v2.00. 

SID leaves a process window open 
on the A500 Plus because Workbench 2 
now attaches a process window - in 
this case a sort of read-only Shell win- 
dow - to many programs which previ- 
ously opened without one, As you've 
noticed, this window can be shrunk to 
a fairly small box, but cannot be dis 
pensed with until SID is closed down. 

You should look on SID's process 
window as a bonus, as it will display 
any error messages generated by pro- ) 



Amiga Cemctvffag April f 992 




Technical Help 



>- grams you run using SID and can be 
very useful when trying to figure out 
what a program does when run from 
CLI 



A3000 vs 486 

I've had an A50Q for two yean now, but 
have row come to the point where I 
want a big and powerful machine for my 
personal use and my father's business, I 
will later be studying computer systems 
engineering at university, so I need some- 
thing I can use for homework as well. My 
first thought was to buy an A}00f>, but I 
had a chat with my lecturer at college 
and he thought me completely bonkers 
for having even considered it. 

Many people I have spoken to have 
said the Amiga is a nice personal com- 
puter but no good to* serious purposes, 
for which I'd need a PC. I Mow how bril- 
liant a machine the A3000 is, but suppose 
it's a waste of money? 

A 486DX 33MH? PC with double the 
hard drive space and UMb of RAM will 
■cost me just over £2,000, whereas an 
A3000 will cost £3,000. Which machine is 
better overall, and will the Amiga last as 
long as the PC? 

Fdsoj frQngouil)(ks l r .Qftdon 

There are two very important points to- 
note In any argument over power and 
price between the AJ0O0 and the sup- 
posedly "faster but cheaper" PCs, 

The 4So machine you mention will 
probably be based on Industry 
Standard Architecture (ISA), which 
allows a 32-bit bus between processor 
and motherboard memory, but which 
will offer only 1 6-bit expansion slots. 
The Amiga 3000's design is entirely 32- 
bit, which Is why 24- and 32-bit frame 
buffers such as Harlequin wont so well 
with the machine. 

Having said that, the AiOOO is too 
expensive, a result of its being pro- 
duced by only one manufacturer, In 
the PC world, where hundreds of PC 
manufacturers are fighting for a slice of 
the cake, prices have been dropping 
I Eke trousers at a house of ill repute, 
and users can expect to pick up power- 
ful equipment for silly prices, 

The danger is that many manufac- 
turers have been cutting corners to the 
extent that our sister magazine, PC 
Toddy, ran an editorial in their February 
issue on the subject of sub-standard or 
unreliable machines. The same cannot 
be said for the A3000, 

With Commodore's machine you get 
a reliable and fast Quantum hard drive, 
Commodore's own monitor, and solid 
build quality. You also get an operating 
system (Workbench 2.04) which the PC 
can't come close to. Seven years after 
the release of the Amiga 1000 and its 
revolutionary operating system, 
Windows 3 and MS-DOS 5 still can- 



not offer the sort, of multitasking 
which has served as the heart and soul 
of the Amiga since 1985. 

For standard, everyday business 
uses, the PC486 is probably a better 
buy than the A3000, but if you're after 
true 32-bit quality and a modern com- 
puter with an operating system to 
match you Still can't do better than the 
Amiga. Its your money. 

Tablet trouble 

I would like to buy a light pencil or draw- 
ing tablet as I find it very hairy drawing 
lines «n freehand witn the mouse. Datel 
Electronics make one, but I can't seem to 
locate any other makers of the devices. 
Could you please help me out? 

Martyr? Safer, Bfiitot 

First of all, don't bother with light 
pens. They're nowhere near as accu- 



rate aj a mouse or graphics tablet. 
Secondly, boy the Genltizer tablet 
from Datel and don't waste any more 
time looking for an alternative, We 
tested a few tablets last year, and the 
Datel unit was easily the best. 

There are only a handful of tablets 
which have Amiga driver software in 
any case, and the Datel is easy to use, 
pretty accurate, and comes with a 
DPalnt template to make things even 
easier for users of that package. 

Rumblings in 
RAM 

Having had my wonderful Amiga for 
almost two years now using it almost 
exclusively for musk (thanks to MED), 
and graphics {thanks to DPaint)>, I have 
just recently wandered into AmigaDOS 
1.3, and have encountered a few prob- 



Turning monitors into TV screens 

I've read in Several publications that it is passible to connect a computer monitor to a 
Video recorder instead of using a TV tuner, and in that way receive TV signals on the 
monitor. My A500 is linked to a Philips CMSS33 and as it is set up in my bedroom I 
would like to use the monitor as a second TV, 

I aho have an old Akai VS-1 1 2EK VCR which has given up the ghost as far as recording 
and playback are concerned, but which can still be used as a receiver. Would you advise 
me on which cables and connectors need to be made 0* bought, beanng in mind that 
my monitor will also be used as my Amiga's VOLT? 

Dove Penny, London 

For about IS months now, I've had exactly the same setup at home as you describe 
above, and apart from the jumble of cables resulting from it, I've never had any 
problems. Unfortunately, you didn't say which model of CM8833 you are using. 
Some are equipped with Scart sockets, while the newer models have nine-pin RGB 
connectors. The onfy difference to your setup will be the sort of cable you'll need. 

With the Scant option, the only other piece of equipment you'll need is a monitor 
sharer, such as the Trl logic box, to avoid having to change connectors every time 
you want to use the monitor as a TV (phone Triiogic on 0274 678062), 

The lead from VCR to Scart box will have to have a Scart on one end to connect 
to the switch box, and at least audio and video outs of a standard phono type on 
the Other end. I bought a lead like this from Lewis's video department, but they 
should be available from most decent video shops. 

Plug the video and audio outs to the relevant phono sockets on the back of the 
VCR, then plug the Scart con 
nector to your Scart sharer 
box. The sharer box will have 
a connection to your Amiga's 
23-pin RGB socket, so plug 
this In and you have the 
Inputs all sussed out, 

Output from the box 
should be by way of a Scart to 
Scart cable to connect to the 
CM8833. or a Scart to nine- 
pin RGB if you have the newer 
CMSS33- Make sure the cable 
has audio leads separate to 
the Scart plug at one end or you'll have no sound on the monitor, 

As long as the video recorder is turned on and its channel controls tuned in, you 
should be able to jump between your Amiga's display and a- TV station by pressing 
the button on the sharer box. If you have a VCR whose channel selectors can be 
changed from a remote control unit, you will have effectively doubled up your 
CM8833 as a remote-controlled TV. 

As an added bonus, the CMS833 has a very sharp picture when used for TV pur- 
poses, and Is as good as many high quality portables. 




lems. When copying a file to RAM and 
then to another disk, the fife sometimes 
seems not to have copied. II I am copy- 
ing- a directory ail is fine, and the same 
goes for files that aren't «n a directory. 
However, if I want to copy, say, PPShow 
from the C: directory to another disk, i 
have to go through about ten annoying 
disk swaps instead of copying it to RAM 
first. 

My second problem is a little more 
straightforward. How do I change the 
default of an icon? I have tried doing this 
in Huge, but when I save the icon and 
reload it, it isn't there, just the writing 
underneath, ! can't click on nothingness! 
Lee Kirk Fegan, London 

Your problems with copying are proba- 
bfy down to one of two things. Either 
you're sending the file to a location 
from which you cannot Identify It, or 
you're trying to copy from RAM with- 
out the correct commands being avail- 
able. 

The former would arise in the case 
of C: directory files because they have 
no icons and are Invisible unless you 
DIR every drawer on the disk or do a 
LIST DF0: ALL. You may have success- 
fully copied the files to the wrong 
drawer, and then concluded that, 
because you can't find them, they 
haven't copied property. To copy a file 
called MyFlle from C: to another disk 
called NEWDISK without its own C: 
directory, you would use the following 
sequence of commands: 



CD i: 

Mtt mil 10 W: 
COPY (apy TO RM: 
COPV NAKED IS TO RAH: 
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The tint artist this mimlh >i Martin Hargreaves from 

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spent on it- Well done Mr Wiley. 
It was very tough to choose a winner, as it is almost every month, but the 

worthy recipient is Anthony Head, Anthony, who lives in Southampton, sent in 

V eight pictures, all of which are particularly good. 

\ Before I come to the winning picture I think some of Anthony's others are 

\ worth a mention, One of these Is entitled The Maywaln and Is from the 

\ painting done by |ohn Constable, It's taken over 100 hours to complete 



The actual winning picture is called Skull and It was created on 

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mous hotbed of vice and promiscuity, 
now the domain ol media moguls and 
spritzer-guzzling puppies, Soho has 
hardly changed at all. 

After removing my cap and discarding 
the whippet ft was time to face the men 
and women behind the images which 
daily invade every living room: in the 
land. 

The Original Graphics Company were 
the reason for tin is particular excursion - 
an outfit who are spearheading the 
Amiga's introduction into broadcast TV. 
Stifl the ugly sister in the eyes of many 
production companies, the Amiga has 
had to fight hard for its place in perhaps 
one of the most elitist markets in the 
world. 

Alter all, il you'd just spent a few hun- 
dred thousands on dedicated hardware, 
the news that what you considered to be 
a games machine could achieve much 
the same for a fraction of the cost isn't 
likely to leave you beaming from ear to 
ear. 

To find out more Dn both the com- 



overcome if it wants lo compete with the 
likes of broadcast 3D systems rendering 
24-bit ID image* in a matter of seconds. 
The output quality is already there, but in 
a commercial environment speed is 
essential 

Hopefulry the latest generation of 24- 
bit boards wili address the problem 
thanks to the new Texas graphics chip 
which is already available on Progressive's 
Rembrandt board and reports to render 
any 24-bit image within 25 seconds. 

Standard 

Another point raised by Richard was 
the need for a 24-bit standard tD which 
all the boards could prescribe. Here again 
there is hope on the horizon in the form 
of Sage, an industry standard proposed 
by Progressive Peripherals and Digital 
Micrcmics at a recent meeting of 
American software developers. 

If this new format is taken up by the 




Industry, the Amiga could soon become 
its premier video graphic workstation, 
thanks to Sage's ability to provide sup- 
port for the new generation of boards 
which carry the latest Texas chips. 

If the hype is- to be believed, these 
chips boast half the processing power of 
The Original Cray supercomputer on a 



solitary chip! Once an industry standard 
does emerge. Original Graphics plan to 
turn all their machines into 24-fcnt work- 
stations. Only time will tell... 

At present the Amiga is stilt only a rela- 
tively small part of Original's repertoire, 
but given the enhanced speed and profu- 



The creation of 

Catch phrase 



pany and its ground-breaking approach 
to the business I spoke to Richard Burn, 
the man behind The Original Graphics 
Company. I asked him what triggered the 
Amiga's entrance Into the very top flight 
of art. and design. 

He mentioned two primary reasons 
why an Amigan invasion seems likely. 
First is the 24-bit explosion which has rev- 
olutionised the output of the machine, 
and secondly the economic climate which 
has cut deep into the budget of both TV 
companies and advertisers alike. 
Production, cost is now equally as impor- 
tant as quality and as the .Amiga can offer 
the best of both worlds, it's going to 
become the ideal vehicle for the commer- 
cial artist. 

A perfect illustration of the changing 
times are broadcast paint systems, for- 
merly the essential tool of the commercial 
artist and costing anywhere between 
£70,000 and £80,000. Now a good deal 
of their expensive output can be matched 
by an Amiga, an accelerator, and a 24-bit 
board combination costing only a fraction 
of the price of even a second-hand sys- 

ton. 

Unfortunately, there's a stumbling 
block which the machine will have to 



Paul Austin sneaks into Soho and discovers the Amiga 
at the heart of a revolution in broadcast television 





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Amiga Computing April J 992 



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sion of 24-bil cards under a single, unrfy- 

ing format trie potential is limitless, 

After reminiscin-g on the rise and Fall of 
various machines and the ever-declining 
fortunes of Our country's economy, it was 
time to took back at the recent, successes 
whkh make The Original Graphics 
Company one of the names in the busi- 
ness- 

Perhaps Ihe most famous example of 
their work is (he award-winning 
Motormouth title sequence which 
recently clinched the Beit Title Award at 
Computer Graphics 9~\. App*menlly, the 
characterisation of the objects is loosely 
based on the presenter* them- 
selves - a connection 
which I find dif- 
ficult to 



make, with the possible exception of 

Andy Crane. 

Other notables include a mammoth 
eight-minute sequence depicting the 
evolution of the universe, screened over 
the Christmas period as part of an 
Equinox production entitled Unravelling 
the Universe, 

More regular work includes titling and 
animation on Mid-Week Sports Special 
for Thames, plus weekly news graphic* 
for LWT as welt as countless other smaller 
productions. 

All of the above add to the staple diet 

of advertising and design wort for TVS, 

The Original Graphics 

Company 

were, 




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Artists required,.* 



It you have the skills and want to break into the 
glamorous world of commercial TV, Original 
Graphics are always on 
the look out for new talent. 
If you've got what it takes pill a selection of your best wock onto 
video and send it in. 

Don't be put off if you're a humble OPamt user, as all the prospec- 
tive show reels I saw were compiled at least in part with the assistance 
ol this paint package. Having said that, do scrutinise your work closely 
before you apply for the job. If you can't match or perhaps even better 
existing commercial art you almost certainly won't make the grade, 

Send your entries to: The Original Graphics Co.. 6 Golden Square, 
London W1 R 3AF 



in faclj formerly the station's own inter- 
nal graphics department, but they threw 
caution to the wind and went indepen- 
dent in March 1990. 

If there's Dne thing which brought the 
Amiga and Original Graphics 
together it was Catchphrase, a pro- 
gramme which Onginal Graphics 
have been jointly involved in for 
the last three series, even 
before their split in the spring 
nil 990. 

As with almost all game 

shows, Catchphase is a trans- 

Atlanlic import which has 

been customised lor the UK 

market. Originally the show was 

produced in the States using an 

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To find out how Original Graphics go aboul the creation 
of Catchphrase I spoke to the man, al Ihe heart of the pro- 
duction process, Jonny Bradley. A commercial artist with 
perhaps more years in the business than he'd care to 
recall, he's now the animation co-ocdinator of 
Catchphrdie, managing the production of the anims and 
the impressive array of Amigas which create them. 

Before we delve into the production cycle it's worth 
taking a closer look at the network of Amigas which do 
the hard work in both the TVS studio and The Original 
Graphics' head office in Soho. 

The actual production of the anim* take* place in Soho 
with its internal network of four Amiga 2000s, all running 
with accelerators and boasting internal hard disks plus a 
100Mb external for general use 

lonny's task h to keep both the Amiga network and his 
learfl of animators as productive as possible. Once th? 
anims are complete, a 40Mb removable hard disk is 
employed to transport their creations to the studio and ilv 
collection ol eight unacceteratcd Amigas, all controlled by 
a single long- suffering operator who supplies the neces- 
sary .rniriii live and on demand for the show's production 
team, 

Besides the technical difficulties of managing one of Ihe 
largest Amiga systems in the UK, there's the production 
and management of a Irighteningly large number of 
anims which the show eats its way through during each 
series. 1 On average jonny and his team pro- 

duce between 700 and 1,400 per series, with each show 



J\ Amiga Computing April \992 



disposing of between 60 and ttO. All are lores 3Z colour cre- 
ations running at five fames per second, It's perhaps not 
the best lonn.il in which to display the Amiga's graphic, but 
It'] the format the producers like, and one which has been 
successfully employed since the show's conception in the 
States, Also, it ha* the added benefit ol being relatively t»n- 
servalive on both storage, loading time and RAM. 

The next burning question wis - who's responsible for 
the phrases themselves, and how are these seeds cultivated 
into a finished anim? 

The actual themes for the anims are provided Simon 
Ross, brother of Jonathan and the inspiration behind many 
a. UK game show. Theie ideas are then worked up into 
potential snirns during a meeting between Original 
Graphics and TVS. When all parlies are happy, the produc- 
tion cycle can begin, with Jonny and his team putting 
mouse to mat nn their mammoth task. 

To avoid repetition, jonny has written a SuperBase 4 util- 
ity database which keeps track of all the anlmi in their 
Immense library. Any anim in the collection can be located 
in seconds by simply typing In the anim title or even just 
part of ft. Once located, the anim can be loaded internally 
or directed to a specific, artist on the network. 

I asked whether there are any plans to update Ihe anims 
within the show, jonny suggested that there may be the 
odd bit of morphing and translucency courtesy of DPainl4, 
bul this is a program which Jonny and hi* two-man produc- 
tion team didn't have an awful lot of praise for - pulling it 
very politely, 



ageing system, bul since the 
Amiga was suggested as a 

replacement for Ihe American 
system and with the program 
now entering its eighth series, 
the marriage appears to be a 
happy one. So now you know 
who's to blame lor the ever-present 
Mr Chips and that immortal line "It's 
gooood, but it's not right..."! 

Ardent 

The culmination of their three 
months of ardent animation is one solid 
week of shooting during which all the 
shows for the entire series are shot. By 
all accounts the process is an expertly 
planned logistical exercise, with contes- 
tants being moved in and out every 
hour, perpetually ready to join once 
more in mental combat with the next 
Opponent. 

It remains lor me to thank The 
Original Graphics Company for their co- 
operation, coffee and fnendly conversa- 
tion. With the naturally expansive nature 
of the Amiga's architecture and the 
assistance of companies such as Original 
Graphics, the machine's future at the 
very top flight of commercial 
video graphics is assured. 



Ooopps... 

I'm afraid it's time tor an apology, In 
last month's Art Special, Gareth 
Morgan of The Original Graphics 
Company was credited tor the cre- 
ation of the company's a ward- win- 
ning MotorMoulh title sequence. 

In fact this is not the case. The 
creator il in fad Richard Squires, 
another employee ol the company 
and the real man behind the master- 
piece. Although Gareth Morgan did 
play a part in its production it was in 
purely a supportive role. 

We must stress that it was a case 
of crossed communication and 
apologies once more to both 
Richard, Gareth and Original 
Graphics for any confusion it may 
have caused- 



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oitfh's 



and its Associated software 



Clever use of ARe*x functions will turn your 
computing chores into a breeze! The gen- 
etal uses of scripts/macros fall into two 
broad categories (macro ami script are fairly inter- 
changeable words, although "macro' usually 
refers to smaller function-like programs). First are 
those which are complete programs in themselves 
- anything from simple file management utilities 
all the way to complex applications. Secondly, 
those that act as sub-programs, and may be called 
to- perform a useful (unction Irom anywhere, 

Not only is it possible to have (unctions in your 
ARexx macros, but macros themselves can serve is 
functions, if you so wish! Any ARexx program can 
be called from any other as a sub-program. This 
may be either a function or a command, as we will 
see later. 

Over time, you will build up a collection of use- 
ful scripts to deal with your routine work, many of 
which will be based around functions. The beauty 
of this is that they wilt be available from your famil- 
iar environment at any time. No need to load up 
an interpreter or to struggle with AmigaD05. You 
can type them in from the CLI, or even launch 
them from an icon. With ARe*x-compatible appli- 
cations, their power is at your fingertips without 
even leaving your application program! 

Your imagination is the only limit on how to use 
ARexx - a statistical function to do summations, 
calculator style? A customised front-end with 
requesters and menus? A text relormatter for MS- 
DOS text files? A compte* file-management opera- 
tion? A simple graphic screen? You name rd 

in fact there are lour basic levels of function in 
ARexx. When a function is called, the system 
searches for it in the following order: 

1 . Internal functions defined within the program 

2. Built-in functions 

3. Support libraries/function hosts 

4. External programs/macros 

Within any macro the function names are all 
global. You therefore have to be careful that your 
functions are uniquely named. Otherwise the sys- 
tem will use the first definition it finds. For 
instance, if you have a support library function 
called tanQu and you define an internal function 
with the same name, then the internal one will be 
used! 

There art two ways to use functions in ARexx. 
One is to use the instruction CALL, followed by the 
the name of the function and its parameters, The 
parameters may themselves be expressions that 
get evaluated. The value is then returned in a spe- 
cial global variable called RESULT, 

The function may also be used directly as part 
of an expression, eg a=tanH5) or say reverse 
{" abracadabra"}. This is fairly standard behaviour, 
as you would expect from any language. 

When writing functions of our own, whether 
these are external macros or internal functions, we 
will need to know how to pass data to them and 
how the result is returned. Now let's examine each 
of the lour types of function mentioned above. 

Internally-defined functions are defined within a 
program by the use of a label clause - ie the name 




ol the function followed by a colon, The values 
supplied to a function can be read using the ARC 
instruction or the ARCQ function {there is no limit 
to the number of parameters that can be supplied 
to an internal function}. The function exits and 
returns a value to the main program via the Return 
instruction; 

i" itf.-t '- L'si al i function thjpott - 
e*liut»te ihi Lonf. 

lidf oi r pigH-sn(l* SMingte Iroi iht 4t»er 
Hi Itngthi V 
Lai L hTPatH,ll 

tiy remit 

htpct; /* th( funil'on Itetl *1 

ara sl,*i i* rtiJ i* th( pirtittin *< 

tin " Mjrt(!l*!l*li'ti} I 1 WW «'t is 
Jffirnd '/ 
return ten 

In the above example we used the ARC instruction 
to read values into our function. We could also 
have used the built-in function ARGQ, where the 
parameter given to ARGQ returns the correspond- 
ing variable. ARC() can also be used without argu- 
ments, in which case it returns the number ol 
arguments to a function (in the above example, 
two), The above program could also be written: 

/* imp t* l *.l *t 

llj hypotH,?} 

nil 

iypot; 

si^argd) ,' s2=argf 2 J 

rilurn sgrttsl'lltij's.i! 

The 'Exit instruction is used to mark (he end of the 
main program. 

There is still one more aspect of internally- 
defined functions to be discussed. When a func- 
tion is normally defined, as described above, all 
the variables it uses are global - if their value is 
altered, if is altered throughout the program. 

The instruction PROCEDURE will make all the 
variables in a function private to that function (it is 
also possible to have mixed private and global 
variables by using the keyword EXPOSE after the 
PROCEDURE instruction). This allows recursion to 
be used In ARexx programs. We will not deal with 
this in detail at the moment, but the following 
example should serve to illustrate: 

t* LiiipLl l ■ Prsctlliiril V 

itt\ i 111 ; virZ = III 

n*3 - titltull* 

sit il'l ml far! 

nit 

UltPiU PtdtEtUNE EI»05E ml 

varl = M ' iridl 

«i rl ■ 515 • if|C13 

rtt^rn v*rl 

The output of this is 1 1 1 16*5 1332. 

Built-in functions aw part of the language itself, 
and include functions like ARG(), ADDRES5Q- 
which returns the current host address, ADOUBfr 
for adding support libraries, the formal conversion 
functions, the bit-manipulation functions, the 
Aflexx system functions and so on. 

ARexx can use special libraries of functions to 
extend its capabilities. One of these, 
rexxsupport.library, is provided as part of the pack- 
age. These libraries reside in libs;, but are not the 
same as standard Amiga shared libraries Writing 
them is a job for system programmers, and out of 



the scope of the average user. However, there 
are many extremely useful and freely dis- 
tributable libraries already available. They include 
system functions, graphic functions, and scien- 
tific functions One of these., rex*macbl»b.library 
is included on this month's CeverDisk. and will 
allow you to use advanced matti functions Irom 
ARexx, 

ARexx keeps a list of iti specie) support iibranes. 
A library can be added any time either from the 
CLI, using the special rxlib command, or from 
within ARexx, using the ADDUHQ function. Both 
of these LaJ<* four arguments the library name, 
the priority of the function (usually 0), the offset (- 
30), and the version number. 

A typical entry would be. tram the CU: 

ri Lib reixiithlib.t(trjr) C - 
or from A,Re*X; 

Function hosts are specialised programs that offer 
function facilities to ARexx when they are run, and 
behave similarly to support libranes. We will look 
at them in a future article. 

Finally, we wiH look at how to write complete 
ARexx programs that behave like functions. 
Remember that these external macros will be 
global not Only to the calling program, but to the 
whole Aflexx system. 

If ARexx searches for a function, and it is not 
found among the internal, built-in or support 
library functions, it then proceeds to search the 
current working directory, rewt, and any specified 
directory paths for any program with the same 



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Interacting with your computer can be made easy 
with ARexx functions. Alex Cian shows you how 

Competition for ARexx? 

A new US utility called HotLinks looks set to provide ARexx with ib first serious challenge as a tool for inter- 
process communications. The first package to be shipped with HotLinks support is the excellent PageSlream 
2.2, and if the utility is adopted by other manufacturer* the prospects for Amiga inter-program wheeling 
and dealing could be radically improved, 

Packages with Hotirnxj support simply "publish" their text or graphics files and any orjier HotLinks com- 
patible program can "subscribe" to them. This means a DTP package could publish its text files for a word- 
processor to edit or its Iff bitmaps for DPaint to touch up. When the other package has finished with the 
file, it simply "updates" the file and HotLinks will update all other versions of the file being used by HotLinks- 
equipped utilities, took out for more information on this exciting new interprocess utility as we receive it. 



name as the function. It will also recognise macros 
with the standard ARexx suffix .rexx, or other spe- 
cial name extensions of ARexx compatible pro- 
grams - see below. 

Parameters are passed to macros with the ARC 
instruction or function as we have already seen. 
External functions are limited to accepting 15 
parameters. Their values are returned using the 
EXIT instruction. Look at the following example 
macro: 



.'* EmpLt } - add up ioit nuibirs *i 

Mr "AedUp llirn rrctmd " arg[] Tivlhf'i" 

(ul = t 

in 1 = 1 e« i'|0 

sui = Sit t trill} 

Mil 

nil im 



Save this macro as ADDUP.REXX in your current 
directory or in re*x:. You can now call it from any 



other ARexx program. Note that this macro will 
not onfy add up the numbers you supply (max 15) 
but will also print out the number of arguments. 
Try it: 







I* tilling., '/ 
itf Hddllp*l,2,3 


u* 




or |ust type: 


ri " 


IIJ 


JLd«!,Z,;,l,t) 


at the 


en 



So long as ADDUP.REXX is present in a directory 
accessible to ARexx, it will be available to the sys- 
tem as a function! We trust that you will now be 
encouraged to experiment further on your own. 

• Next bme we will examine parsing in: detail, and 
also work with same programs that Support a cus- 
tom macro language. 



rafted 




We have already said that macros tan be run either as lunctlons or as 
commands, and Ihe canny user will already have sensed this pu%tibil 
Ely. All that is needed to run a macro ai a command Is to send It to a 
v.ilid ARexx port. 

Rchie mber that anything wfikh is unrecognised by ARoxn. - includ 
ing external macro name*. - Is automatically .mumed to be a com- 
mand. Most applications Willi an AReix Interface unhide a custom 
macro command language of their own. These commands allow 
ARexx to control the application program, Many of these command! 
can accept arguments, and also return results 

In this, commands are much like functions: Reading of parameters 
is achieved with (lie usual parsing instructions - ARC elc - although il 
is not as easy to give a variable number of arguments, 

For ease of use. custom commands (ouaSy take a lixed number of 
arguments, most often just one. Results an- u turned via the EXIT 
instruction, as usual. However, the way that ihe result is returned 
mam a command is diflerenl to that of a function. When a command 
EXITs with a value, ARexx deals with il as a return code, not unlike 
the return codes used by AmigaDOS. 

If we want to use the returned result, we can copy it to the global 
variable RESULT, with the Instruction OPTION RESULTS: 




Ms macro as add2hin.n-xx, ,md run the following m* 



t* Testitj.. V 
optloni milti 
■d42bin 2 3 
Si) fruit 



Of just type: 



PI "options rtsittti ; (ddfhin M ; nj rtwlt J 



at Ihe CLI (remember to dose tin- quote, since then- is more than one 
clause). Try doing it Without tin- OPTIONS instruction tool 

Yoo might wonder why we should bother with commands, wluvi 
Wi have (unctions, ur vice versa. There are a number of reasons, not 
least ol which is that commands .ire easier to implement on programs 
with ARcju Interfaces, 








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set you back a frighlenin 
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"FVpainL 

The second point con 
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Margaret Stanger with the final part of her series on programming sound 



This programming AJmanac is the last in 
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directly with a pointer to the chosen sound sam- 
ples. 

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the pitch of the sound and produce a few musi- 
cal notes. Last month's column shows how to jse 
the Amiga system Software to control the start 
and finish of each note, leaving your program to 
do mote important things. 

This month I'll use routines from the Audio 
device to run a very simple music driver, 

When the Audio device is opened, the associ- 
ated 10 parameter block contains all the struc- 
tures, needed to handle incoming and outgoing 
messages. There is a Message structure with a 
node for keeping its place in a linked list, a mes- 
sage port for replies., the length of the message in 
bytes, and an extension for audio data, 

An allocation port is set up to allocate the 
sound channels, and an allocation 10 structure 
for its commands, This port and parameter block 
are associated with the opening of the audio 
device. 

A message port is opened for the sound chan- 
nel, to serve as a collecting point for messages to 
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the channel's lOAudio Structure, the command is 
CMD. WRITE, the flag is ADIOF, PERVOL, and the 
BEGtNlO command is used. Once the sound is 
in progress the volume and period can be 
changed with the ADOMD_PERv"QL command 
(ADOF JYNCYCLE and ADIGF_PERVOLflags), 
and the changes are made automatically at the 
end of the current sound cycle. 

This means that if the notes of a tune always 
use the same sound sample - same Instrument 
and a range of an octave or less - it is possible (o 
reproduce the tune very easily. 

I have used conventional Son ix type codes for 
the pitch and duration of the notes. The pitch 
code comes first, and increases by one for each 
semitone above low C. So C would be 0, C# or 




Ob would be 1 , C would be 1 2, C" would be 24. 
All notes in the program have codes between 
24 and 36, except for rests which are code 128. 
To find the pitch and duration codes of the cur- 
rent note: 

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where perval contains the lookup table of period 
values for the octave. The sound can then be 
updated with the new period and volume values. 
The duration codes also follow Son in conven- 
tions with for a semibreve,. 1 minim, 2 crotchet, 
J quaver, 4 semiquaver etc, Since I am using a 
sinewave sample with a very short cycle, the note 
continues for a given time interval rather than 
computing the necessary number of cycles. To 
calculate the correct time interval, and put it into 
memory: 





The € source code 

The C source code can be compiled, and 
linked to the assembler source module using 
he command blink with sounci4lmk where 
»und4link is included on the support disk, 
along with both object modules, sound4.o 
and soundc4.0. 

The C program opens a window, and calls 
initso undQ from the assembler module to 
open the Audio device and initialise the sound 
structures, and timerdevaceQ, to open a timer 
device. The Amiga starts playing an irritating 
little tune. 

The main polling loop for the window con- 
tinues until the user asks to quit, either by clos- 
ing the window or pressing key 9. 

Each lime a key (1 to 5) is pressed the pro- 
gram changes the tune by catling the appro- 
priate assembler routine, Key 8 will stop the 
sound, key 6 will turn it back on, and key 7 
will muffle it a little. When the quit signal is 
received, the program calls the clearsoundQ 
and dosetimefO routines from the assembler 
module before the window closes and the pro- 
gram ends. 









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where cycles is the start of the lookup table of 
interval values. The timer is set with this nega- 
tive value, and the next note can start when the 
timer value is zero and the interval has elapsed. 
This music driver is very limited, and can only 



be used for music with a limited note range, 
using a simple. waveform with a very short 
cycie. Serious music requiring many octaves, 
channels and changes of (real I) instruments 
would be written differently and take many 
hours of coding. 



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The assembler source code 

The assemhlcr source code {sound4.a) is a standalone program. The program opens the Audio 
device, and the Timer device, sets up the associated structures, allocates chip memory for the 
sound sample, and copies the daia In to this memory. 

A note is set going in channel 0, with the waveform sound 
sample data and length, no sound cycles, zero volume. 
and arbitrary period The first note of the tune is 
played by changing the period of the note to give it j 
the correct pitch, and changing I lie volume of the f 
sound. The system time Is set to the duration of the / \ 

note. f \ 

When the time interval elapses, system soft- - 
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fof the pitch of the second note, and reset the 
timer for the appropriate Interval. The tune eon- j 
tinues with notes and silences {mo volume} and 
automatically starts again when it ha^ finished, 

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Since the early days of electronic musk 
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valiant muso has come to grief - tlie 
sometimes excruciatingly painful patch editing 
process. If you speak to any old hand who's had 
the misfortune of programming a synth manually 
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demise ol Spinal Tap. 

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ing was desperately required. Fortunately for us 
all,, the computer entered the musical arena and 
not only revolutionised sequencing but brought 
the addied bonus of computerised patch editing. 

Unfortunately this wasn't quite the saviour it 
could have been, thanks to the insistence ol the 
various instrument manufacturers of devising their 
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tem exclusive information. As a result almost every 
instrument on the market requires a separate edi- 
tor. Mot only expensive, but just a little annoying, 
Enter X-QF, or to use its full title, the Universal 
System Exclusive Qrchestrator, With this in your 
software collection the expense and irritation of 
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universal editor. In other words, no matter what 
your collection, ol synths, X-Ofl will happily con- 
verse and edit them all. 

Profiles 

To achieve this, the program employs instru- 
ment-specific profiles which hold ail the relevant 
information for that particular instrument such as 
protocols, patch formats, parameter ranges and so 
on. Armed with the appropriate profiles X-OR can 
literally learn your system and! address up to 1.28 
individual instruments during the editing process. 

This individual approach even applies to identi- 
cal synlhs. rf lor example you own several DX7s, a 
separate profile could be 'applied to each. As a 
result, you'd be safe in the knowledge that all 
edits are guaranteed to head in the right direction. 

Perhaps one of lh* strangest aspects of the pro- 
file approach is that once written a profile is uni- 
versal no matter what machine it originated from. 
If, for example, a profile was produced on a PC or 
perhaps a Mac, it would wort perfectly on an 
Amiga - all that's required is that it be transferred 
onto an Amiga disk, 

Two disks full ol profiles come as standard and 
if that's not enough, DrXs affiliated BBS is online 
with more, Even so, it's worth I 
checking your system details with 
Zone before you invest as X-OR 



Paul Austin looks at X-OR - a new breed 

of patch editing and librarian software 

from the creators of KCS 



without the correct pro- 
file is next to useless. 

X-OR's flexibility cer- 
tainly gives it instant 
appeal to well endowed 
musos but once a con- 
versation is struck up 
with your System it's the 
software's editing abili- 
ties that b*<ome equally 
as important, 

Fortunately, 1 doubt 
there'll be any com- 
plaints. Although patch 
editing is much the 




f tilting rhc lound cnrtJop* Itw titty way. 
A timplr click and drag far imtant nriutlEi 




same no matte* what the computer Of instrument, 
X-OR does manage a few surprises. 

first is the program's patch blending features, 
something new to the Amiga and sure to secure 
almost as many sales as the program's varied range 
of instruments. 

With the new blending and mingling options, 
two individual sounds can be combined over a 
selected number of patch positions, each graduat- 
ing from the primary to the secondary sound. 

For example if you: had two bass sounds, both 
with their merits but nevertheless stilf not quite fit- 
ting your needs, you could create an empty bank, 
copy Ihe lint patch to position 1 , and (he second 
to128 L 

If you then applied the blend option, 126 sepa- 
rate mixtures would be created. All you need do is 
pick the ones you want and save them to the synth 
or associated library on disk. If you wanted to retain 
a particular aspect of a sound, a mask function 
could be applied to guarantee its place in the new 
patch. 

The second option is to rningie the two sounds, 
This differs from blending because individual algo- 
rithms are randomly selected from each sound. The 
closer a particular patch is to either source sound 
the more likely it is to be dominated by that 

sound's particular 
parameters. 

Both blend and 
mingle have 
optional random 
modes to add 
more spontaneity 



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to the mixture plus 
there's an option to 
apply the process to raw 
parameter data to pro- 
duce even harsher varia- 
tions, 

Once you're 
happy with your cre- 
ations and are ready to 
make some changes, X- 
OR's abilities as a librar- 
ian come into their own. 
During the Setup X-OR 
learns where to store 
and retrieve relevant 
information which makes live editing instanta- 
neous. Global performance settings can be installed 
in ■,<•■( a nds, while nd ■. li.i.s- patches are loaded, 
saved and copied on command. 

Another pleasant feature is X-Oft's ability to filter 
its selection process., making patch retrieval even 
within huge libraries extremely swift. Sounds can 
be sorted like a conventional database using dates, 
times and names as search parameters or alterna- 
tively you could employ the more subtte approach 
of Keywords. 

Descriptive 

For example you might use overall headings 
such as guitar, piano, strings and so on, then 
append to these more descriptive additions such as 
rocky, soft, smooth, classic. To locate a particular 
sound' you could simple ask X-OR to find a smooth 
guitar. The program toddles ofl to the library and 
returns with a selection ol appropriate sounds. 

Once installed, you can listen to your latest 
immigrant via the mouse. 5impfy moving the long- 
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sound in the velocity and pitch of you choice. 

X-OR is an impressive product, but if you're 
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ment in an extra module might be a better bet- 
Programming the system is about as much fun as 
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your instruments - is a big advantage, whilst a pite 
of sequencer manuals is an absolute must! 

For the professional who's looking to get the best 
from an extensive collection of synths, X-OR is an 
invaluable tool that's well worth the investment in 
time and money that exploiting it properly requires. 
In short, serious software for serious musos... 



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ated Amiga. Over a typical mix of 
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original size. 

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from Xenomiga Technology} which claims to be 
written in highly optimised assembly language. 

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data through much larger "window", giving <^.S to 
70 per Cent compression on normal data. This 
LHA compression is compatible with the program 
of the same name on the PC. 

Secondly, LHA can create self-extracting 



With ever-increasing online costs, Stewart C Russell 

looks at archivers and de-archivers as a way of 

saving money. Plus an overview of the state of the 

Amiga comms scene 



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archives, These don't need an external util- 
ity to extract them - just run them, and 
I hey rebuild the original files. These SFX 
archives are slightly bigger than normal archives - 
they need bo contain the decompression code - 
and they provide yet another hiding place for 
viruses. They're useful to have though - LHA is dis- 
tributed in one [Iha <? 100. run),, as otherwise you'd 
need LHA, to uncompress ill 

Another compression program is Phil Kali's ZIP, 



Amiga comms - the story so far 




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mail readers were rare, and Usenet was 
unknown outside universities. But now, all 
these things are widely used dw to the incred- 
ible enthusiasm of Amiga comms people. 

Amiga comms software is vsrr»e ol the best 
there Is. Sure, It doesn't have all those Cryptic 
IBM protocols used in big business, but the 
Amiga itn't for that - it's a computer with Itl 
fi.nr down, But what other machine can multi- 
task and exchange data between programs 
without 5pendir>g a fortune on expensive com- 
mercial softw.ii 

Look at all the best Amiga comms software 
Mtomm, IR-Comrri, TrapDoor, Point 
Manager to name but a few. It's all Shareware, 
and all very Inexpensive too. The most expen- 
sive of these is only £25 - the cost of one 
game. The big two terminals [NComm k JR- 



Comm) are certainly up for revision this year. 
High cmi the agenda foe both of them is ARe*x 
support, allowing your comms program to 
control just about any other cutemal pro 
gram. 

Software For Fldonet Is getting better loo. 
TrapDoor 1.80 in conjunction with Point 
Manager 1,00 matas setting up a point very 
simple- And even the mighty CiX is oboul to 
gel its first easy-to-use, mouse-controlled OLR 
software, NICOLA. The existing software 
(Amiga.Query'J worki well, but is not tremen- 
dously friendly or straightforward. 

Modems are coming down in price, too. 
With the standardisation of modems across 
Europe, the old ' BT-approved" price hike will 
fade away. Even now, new v22bis modems 
can be had for under £100 it you know where 
to look, and 2,400 baud is pretty much the 
minimum you need these days The future Is 
certainly looking bright... 



Stefan Botttrg '* I'M too* I i JMOUidi Ed mad aver 
J60H af data dawn la f*SS than fl third Of [he original 
silt on m tSBO 

which is extremely popular with PC owners. It 
tends to compress slightly better than Lharc, and 
nearly as well as LHA - around 60 to 65 per cent 
would be typical. 

There has been a ZIP program for the Amiga 
(PKAZip) for a long time, but it suffers from a slow 
graphical control system and a few incompatibilities 
with PKZIP on the PC. A new set of ZIP programs 
[Zip and UnZip) have appeared, and they seem to 
address most of the problems. 

Zip [yes, the upper case T is riot a typing error) 
has been designed such that it can be compiled 
and run on just about any machine. The portability 
penalty is a decided lack of speed, but at least it 
works, which is more than can be said for PKAZip. 

UnZip isn't so rapid either, but it will extract, list 
and test any ZIP archive around. It cannot deal with 
the very new PKZIP 2.0 [PC) archives, but then the 
only program which can is - you guessed it - PKZIP 
2.0, which is very unlikely to make an appearance 
on the Amiga. 

Zip and UnZip can be found in the archives 
Amyzip92.lzh and Lhizip41 Jih on all good bulletin 
boards. And a few bad ones, too. 



• Stewart C Russell can be contacted on CiX 
as scrust [that's scruss@cin.compullnk.co.uk). 
Of Is available at FktoNflt 2:259/2.4 [off Alba 
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Those of you who follow this page every 
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basic game using simple (almost generic) program- 
ming techniques. Now it's time to really break free 
and attempt, a task using something realty meaty 
(or soya-beanie if you are vegetarian) - AMAL. 

We have covered AMAL previously, but not lo 
write a whole game. Over the next couple of issues 
I will be showing you how to get the most out of 
this sub-language and more importantly how to 
use it in conjunction with the other (less powerful) 
parts of AMQ5- 

You will notice mat I have referred to AMAL as a 
sub-language- This is because it is a separate part of 
AMOS and is quite capable of existing by ilsell. In 
many respects AMAL is similar to assembly lan- 
guage, especially in its use of mnemonics lo repre- 
sent the commands we use to create an AMAL 
program, and like assembly language, it must be 
well structured in order to keep track of any tasks 
we may ask of it. 

To control AMAL we use a series ol Channels - 
16 in all. These can be assumed to control a single 
AMAL mini-program which will run alongside your 
main AMOS program. Lefs look at a way of using 
of AMAL. First we Jet up an AMAL channel using a 
command like this; 




sensitiv 



fhiflntt 1 T* Sireen DlipLir- 

This would prepare your channel to accept an 
AMAL program. Now we will tell AMAL to feed the 
mouse co-ordinates into the external registers RA 
and RFJ, alter which we will read and display them 
onscreen- 
One thing to remember about AMAL is that you 
must type it exactly otherwise errors can occur 
quite easily. This is due to the fact that AMAL is 
case sensitive - that; is, it can tell the difference 
between upper and lower case letters: 

Hi l,"Etirt: L*t t§4R ; 1st (B=TH J JuH 5t(r( ; ■ 

fliat On 1 

Ltpt.it 

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AMAL registers are like Ordinary variables in AMOS 
itself, and can be used lo store numbers for calcula- 
tions or later use, There are two types of AMAL reg- 
ister, internal and external. The internal registers 



AMAL can be used within AMOS to create 

impressive results, Peter Hickman looks at 

this powerful sub-language 



are labelled RQ to R9 and are mainly 
used for temporary storage of values 
within an AMAL program. The 
external registers are labelled RA to 
RZ and are (or at least should be} 
used lor communicating with the 
outside world. 

Reading these registers from your 
main AMOS program is simple - we 
just use the AMREG.0 command 
[see your AMOS manual for a fuller 
explanation of AMREG), 
Incidentally, you can store values in 
the AMAL registers from your main 
AMOS program once again using 
the AMREGQ command. 

Being a fully featured sub-lan- 
guage means that AMAL programs can be quite 
long, far this reason AMAL allows you to structure 
commands within slnngs. I know it sounds a Ittle 
weird but you do gel used to it - Irusl me! 

In the previous example we saw how to create a 
simple loop lumping from the end of the string back 
to the label "Start:". Labels used for structuring 
AMAL programs are all single letters of the alphabet, 
in upper case. Because AMAL ignores all lower case 
letters you can pad out the label to create some- 
thing a Me more meaningful. 

The next example is made up of many smaller 
strings "glued" together to create a single long 
siring. You don't really want to know ihis but joining 
two or more strings together is known as concatena- 
tion: 




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you to move the default icreen around with the 
mouse. It's a tittle like the larger program which 
appeared last month. 

Notke the way I have put each command on a 
separate line. I have akso padded Out Ihe short labels 
and commands with lower case letters so that 
should I come back to the program in a couple of 
months I will be able to work out what it does quite 
easily. 

AMAL also allows you to execute a simple form of 
FOR.. .NEXT loop, the main difference between the 
AMAL version and the actual AMOS version of the 
loop is thai you cannot perform STEPs (if you are 
unsure what a STEP 1 is, check your AMOS manual). 
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While on the subject of cards, I have a 
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keys do not function 

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feedback, 

Warner launch 

Warner New Media are launching a new 
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Gr,if « haven't already come acrow 

it, is a Standard music CD that has simple 
qniphks encodcil onto spare areas on the 



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CD+G compatible machines) to display graph- 
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This has already had considerable use with 
Karaoke discs, The Warner New Media M 
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background lest and graphics explaining the 
history and musical significance of the works. 
It is certainly more Interesting than some of 
the earfier CD+G discs, which just seemed to 
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Name change? 

Rumours abound that the Arnica AfjTO may 
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numbers for future use (possibly for a new 
AMK) computer?). More news next month - 
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Lemmings). Since Mirrorsoft was closed down 
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get hold of these titles,, although I have seen 
Xenon II on sale- 

Luckily the copy of Xenon II I originally 
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The first of the audio tracks is mixed in the 
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notice any difference myself. 

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